Title: Understanding the drivers of cybercriminality, and new methods to prevent, investigate and mitigate cybercriminal behaviour A Research


Grant agreement no: 883543


Duration: 1 May 2020 - 30 April 2023


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A free, democratic and open EU provides endless opportunities for its people. However, growth is not without risk, especially in cyberspace, in the ubiquity of connected devices and rapid technological change. Criminality is also adapting, seeking opportunity and taking on new forms. CC-DRIVER will use a multidisciplinary approach from the domains of psychology, criminology, anthropology, neurobiology and cyberpsychology to investigate, identify, understand and explain drivers of new forms of criminality. We will focus on human factors that determine criminal behaviours such as cyber juvenile delinquency and adolescent hacking. Scientific investigation of drivers into cybercrime, impact of online disinhibition and the effect of youth decision-making processes will inform our evidence-based intervention, mitigation and deterrence strategies. Our measures will be designed to educate regarding criminality and to divert youth from crime.

Our consortium will investigate “cybercrime-as-a-service”, its modalities, purveyors and trends so that Member States, stakeholders and citizens have a shared view of the dimensions of cybercriminality, its impact on our society and economy and what we, collectively and individually, can do to overcome them. We will produce a youth self-assessment online metric tool designed to help understand cybercriminal behaviour and to prompt positive pathways. We will also develop a self-assessment questionnaire so that SMEs, CSOs and other stakeholders can assess their vulnerability to cybercrime attacks. For LEAs, we will produce tools to gather evidence and investigate and mitigate cybercrime operations. We will produce policy templates for combatting online cybercriminality. We will deliver opportunities for EU LEAs to exchange knowledge and experiences with a view to fostering common European approaches and strengthening the European Security Union as an area of freedom, justice, security and, importantly, opportunity.




This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883543




European Commission