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Cybercrime tipping point

Survey Findings

We surveyed analysts from 48 law enforcement organisations on how UK policing is responding to this new and growing threat 

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Our 2014 Cybercrime Tipping Point survey

The policing landscape is changing fast. Traditional crimes, such as burglary and car theft are reducing, but there is a growing awareness of ‘invisible’ crimes that take place behind closed doors, such as domestic violence, child abuse and modern slavery. Plus the internet and mobile communications have given rise to new crimes that exist purely in cyberspace, and old crimes whose scale and impact is transformed by the internet and mobile communications.

Carl Roberts and Nick Newman, PA security and policing experts, discuss the findings from PA's Cybercrime report [99cXGarZAWY]
Carl Roberts and Nick Newman, PA security and policing experts, discuss the findings from PA's Cybercrime report
National Analysis Working Group

About the survey

To date, much of the focus on cyber has been biased towards  security measures, information assurance and education  - all designed to prevent attacks which compromise or damage the critical national infrastructure. Far less attention has been paid to helping the police deal with individual victims of cybercrimes, from bank fraud to online child sexual exploitation, or to catching those who commit those crimes.

Through our work across law enforcement, we are a seeing growing recognition of the importance of countering these threats, by developing the UK’s digital intelligence and investigation capabilities.

PA developed this survey in association with the National Analyst Working Group (NAWG) who represent analysts and researchers working in law enforcement agencies and police forces across the UK. Analysts and researchers are at the forefront of the response to cybercrime. Their role is to identify and analyse criminal threats so that policing activity and operations are targeted in the most effective and efficient way.

This survey provides an immensely valuable insight into the experience of those on the frontline. We are very grateful to the NAWG members who took part in our survey.

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Discover the findings from our 2015 survey about the public perceptions of cybercrime

Snapshot of findings

Our survey reveals that police intelligence analysts forecast the time they spend on cybercrime will treble over the next three years; and yet only 30% believe they have the skills and tools to do the job effectively.

"Three years ago cybercrime wasn't recognised as an issue, now we are beginning to recognise it but still can't respond effectively to it." UK Police Intelligence Analyst

Technology is changing the policing landscape

Technology is changing the police landscape
Cybercrime is a new and rapidly growing threat
Analysts have limited capacity to focus on cyber
Few have the skills and tools to respond effectively
Better information sharing to join the dots
Many support the need for legislative change

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To find out more, contact the authors of the report,
Carl Roberts and Nick Newman

Carl Roberts

Carl Roberts
PA security and policing expert

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Nick Newman

Nick Newman
PA security and policing expert

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