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European Electronic Crime Task Force

Electronic Crime Task Force
Founded June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
Type Information Sharing Working Group
Focus Electronic Crimes in Europe
  • 3 Founder Members
  • 19 Permanent Members
  • Community of Experts (more than 400 professionals)
Key people
Stefano Grassi, VP Security and Safety Poste Italiane - EECTF Chairman
Mission Information Sharing and analysis of best practices against Cybercrime in European countries through a strategic alliance between LEAs, academia, international institutions and private sector entities

The European Electronic Crime Task Force (EECTF) is an information sharing initiative,[1][2][3][4] started in 2009 by an agreement[5][6][7] between United States Secret Service, Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Poste Italiane, whose mission is to support the analysis and the development of best practices against cybercrime in European countries, through the creation of a strategic alliance between public and private sectors, including Law Enforcement,[4] financial sector,[8][9] academia,[1][10][11] international institutions[12][13][14] and ICT security vendors.[15]

Accordingly, EECTF aims to help the cyber security community by:

  • Strengthening relationships between the different players;
  • Training and supporting members through sharing[12][16][17][18] expertise and knowledge;
  • Enabling an effective communication channel for information exchange;
  • Maintaining co-operation[19] on a technical and operational level.


The EECTF has been established on June 30, 2009 by an agreement between United States Secret Service, Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Poste Italiane, on the basis of the successful experiences of analogous ECTFs founded in USA by the Secret Service.
United States Secret Service participates through the Rome Office, the Italian Ministry of Interior participates through the Service of Postal and Telecommunications Police and Poste Italiane participates through the Information Security Department.
Initially restricted to the only Founder Members, the EECTF has been opened thereafter to the main stakeholders in cybercrime, who expressed the will to contribute to a proactive sharing of relevant information and a Permanent Members Group has been started, who gather to analyze emerging trends[20][21][22][23] in cyber-crime and discuss methodologies and techniques to combat them.


EECTF is not a legal entity, it’s a working group, created on a voluntary basis, which has been governed since its creation by the EECTF Board, made up of the three Founder Members: United States Secret Service, represented by the Special Agent in Charge of the Rome Office, Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni, represented by the Head of Service and Poste Italiane, represented by the CEO.
Poste Italiane has been chairing the EECTF Board since its birth. Chairman of the EECTF is Mr. Stefano Grassi, VP Security and Safety at Poste Italiane.
Administrative and operational activities are accomplished by the EECTF Technical Secretariat, held by Poste Italiane.

Modus Operandi

The EECTF is run via monthly meetings of a selected group of Permanent Members, quarterly open events extended to a wide Community of selected experts and continuous sharing of information relevant to the cybercrime scenario, also through dedicated specific tools.
Permanent Members are internationally acknowledged organizations, both private and public, with a broad view on prevention, analysis and contrast of electronic crimes at European level, whose competencies might represent instances coming from whole domains of interest.
Permanent Members formally commit to proactively share information with other Members of the Group in a non-competitive environment, according to a non-disclosure agreement, and to actively contribute to the EECTF life, taking part to meetings and supporting the EECTF development.
Additionally, in order to make the most out of the competencies of the whole community of the EECTF, an Expert Group has been started, which gather on a periodic basis and is restricted to only Permanent Members, focusing on technical information sharing about new threats and possible countermeasures.


Constituency of the EECTF is made up of the following organizations
ABI Lab[9][24] Research and Innovation Italy Permanent Member 2013
American Express[8] Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Permanent Member 2010
Bulgarian Police Law Enforcement Agencies Bulgaria Permanent Member 2011
CA Technologies ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2012
Consip Public Administration Italy Permanent Member 2013
Citibank Payment Systems and Financial Services USA Permanent Member 2011
Global Cyber Security Center[25] Research and Innovation Italy Permanent Member 2010
Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance Public Administration Italy Permanent Member 2011
Kaspersky Great ICT Private Sector Romania / Italy Permanent Member 2011
MasterCard Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Permanent Member 2012
NTT Data ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2013
Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni - Polizia di Stato Law Enforcement Agencies Italy Founder Member 2009
Poste Italiane Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Founder Member and Chairman 2009
Romanian Police Law Enforcement Agencies Romania Permanent Member 2011
RSA - EMC2[15] ICT Private Sector USA / Italy Permanent Member 2010
Selex ES ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2013
Symantec ICT Private Sector Italy Permanent Member 2011
UniCredit Payment Systems and Financial Services Italy Permanent Member 2012
UNICRI - United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute Research and Innovation Global Permanent Member 2011
United States Secret Service Law Enforcement Agencies USA Founder Member 2009
Verizon ICT Private Sector USA Permanent member 2010
Visa Europe Payment Systems and Financial Services UK Permanent Member 2011

EECTF Community and Plenary Meetings

With the aim of aggregating all the potentially valuable electronic crime.
The EECTF gather in periodic Plenary Meetings, organized to focus on general trends in cybercrime and security issues of current interest. More than 10 Plenary Meetings have been organized so far, as listed below.

Plenary Meetings

I June 30, 2009 The European Electronic Crime Task Force
II[26] March 16, 2010 Successful Cybercrime Investigations
III June 24, 2010 International Funds Transfer and cooperation with LEAs
IV[27] February 10, 2011 Trends in Cybercrime and Cyberthreats: Europe and the United States
V[28] May 18, 2011 Identity theft: Malware, Botnet & Social Networking
VI November 15, 2011 Cybercrime Underground Economy
VII March 6, 2012 Advanced Persistent Threats: Attacks to Corporate Information Systems
VIII July 18, 2012 Secure Identities in Cyberspace
IX[11] November 29, 2012 Security of Innovative Payment Systems
X[29][30] April 23, 2013 CERTs and International Cooperation Networks
XI November 5, 2013 Security of Internet Payments and Online Services
XII March 31, 2015 New Trends in Cyber Crime

Past speakers include:

Additionally, a monthly newsletter, CyberNews, is published within the Community, to point out the most relevant events and trends in the cybercrime scenario.

See also

External links

  • Sandia National Laboratories, Assessment of Current Cybersecurity Practices in the Public Domain: Cyber Indications and Warnings Domain, September 2010
  • UNICRI, Impact of Cybercrime on business and Economy, November 2013


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