eCrime Cyber Council

Mission Statement

For the first time in their respective histories, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) have joined forces to create a joint advisory body supporting the advancement of the national cybercrime strategy for Canada.

The eCrime Cyber Council (ECC) has been formed as a result of the recent emergence of the CATAAlliance Cybercrime Advisory Council (CAC) coinciding with the timely need of the CACP Electronic Crime Committee for a similar body of cyber experts to advise and support them on the operational aspects of the fight against cybercrime. Rather than risk a duplication of effort and overtaxing similarly sought-after leadership and talent, the CATAAlliance CAC agreed to amend its Terms of Reference (ToR) to reflect its new status of an official advisory body to the CACP eCrimes committee.

The ECC is comprised of police experts, innovative private sector leaders, academic and government observers to work with government departments, ministries, and agencies at federal, provincial, and local levels to undertake supportive policies and approaches that will make Canada a world leader in addressing the threat and harm of cybercrime.

The ECC is seeking to work collectively and collaboratively to determine the technology and educational awareness needs of those seeking to stop or reduce the harmful effects of cybercrime in Canada - both private and public sector stakeholders - for the purpose of advancing this community's capacity, leadership, knowledge, and skills.

ECC Goal

To enable the citizens of Canada and our governments of Canada to fully realize upon the advantages of a cyber enabled world, while remaining safe and free from harm and victimization.

ECC Purpose

To leverage diverse and well-informed perspectives to recognize and examine current and emerging trends and developments, to connect these perspectives to current and potential research and parallel initiatives, with a view to recognizing opportunities and enabling promising practices in social policy, industry priorities, and technologies that will provide greater safety and security in the cyber world.

ECC Mandate & Priorities

The ECC contributes towards the effectiveness of the CACP Electronic Crimes Committee initiatives and share a critical role in ensuring that all are relevant to the needs of the practitioners and innovators that serve them. The ECC will respond to the CACP eCrime Committee's Next Steps: "We can all do more" greenpaper and the five core action areas identified therein: 1) Mainstream; 2) Deter; 3) Collaborate; 4) Enhance; and 5) Advocate.

To-date, the ECC has identified and commenced early strategizing around several priority initiatives, including:

  1. Developing a pro-social cybercrime mobile gaming app: the gamification of cybercrime scenarios will offer micro-education opportunities through a highly-stylized, interactive and engaging means which will influence users' future motivations, behaviours and understanding of cybercrime-related activities.
  2. Hosting a second International Policing Cybercrime Summit in Fall 2017 - building on the inaugural launch held in October 2015, a second Summit with a greater international appeal is being planned.
  3. Conducting a series of regional cybercrime workshops to begin understanding: current cybercrime awareness/capability among Canadian police at a regional level leading to a national picture; identifying current technology and where gaps exist requiring new, innovative solutions; and, engaging in education and knowledge transfer and create stronger police/private/academic relationships leading to greater R&D collaboration and innovation
  4. Implementing a research study that seeks to quantify the cybersecurity practices that can demonstrably help a defined population i.e. businesses, consumers, governments, mitigate the cybercrime threat. This study will include primary and secondary research along with case study reviews and identifying international practices/initiatives to arrive at risk-related datasets that will result in cybercrime mitigation strategies that can be adopted individually and organizationally-wide.

With the ECC Terms of Reference ratified by the founding members in November 2016, the ECC will be meeting in early 2017 to formalize its 2017-2018 strategic plan.

The ECC is actively seeking new members and partners to support the advancement of these and other initiatives. See our Get Involved page for more information.

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