European Cybercrime Centre: cooperation model
Fernando Ruiz Pérez is the Acting Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol. As Acting Head of EC3, he coordinates 95 cyber specialists and analysts who provide support to the European Member States and Third Parties in cyber-related investigations, including:
- Cybercrimes committed by organised groups, particularly those generating large criminal profits such as online fraud;
- Cybercrimes which cause serious harm to the victim such as online child sexual exploitation;
- Cybercrimes (including cyber-attacks) affecting critical infrastructure and information systems in the European Union;
- Criminal use of the Dark Web.
Likewise, he coordinates the activities of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in relation to the support and expertise provided in the area of Digital & Document Forensics and the involvement of the Centre in strategic matters related to cyber-policy, internet governance, innovation and development, strategic analysis, prevention & awareness, training and stakeholder management.
Mr Ruiz Pérez joined the Spanish National Police 21 years ago and, for years, he worked in the High Tech Crime Central Unit, coordinating the fight against cybercrime and leading the implementation of common cyber-related projects and initiatives with other law enforcement agencies and the private industry. Before becoming the Acting Head of European Cybercrime Centre, Mr Ruiz Pérez worked as Cybercrime Coordinator within the Spanish Desk at Europol and Head of Operations at the EC3.
About Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europol assists the 28 EU Member States in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism. Europol also works with many non-EU partner states and international organisations.
Europol set up the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in 2013 to strengthen the law enforcement response to cybercrime in the EU and thus to help protect European citizens, businesses and governments from online crime.
Since its establishment, EC3 has made a significant contribution to the fight against cybercrime: it has been involved in tens of high-profile operations and hundreds on-the-spot operational-support deployments resulting in hundreds of arrests, and has analysed hundreds of thousands of files, the vast majority of which have proven to be malicious.