Middle East Association
3 February 2015
PA Consulting Group’s Paul Ellis, an IT security expert, is quoted in an article in Middle East Association. Paul explains why, despite investment in ICT to counter cyber attacks, the threat is at record levels within the Gulf. Paul warns that the challenges faced by police forces in the region and worldwide remain high.
Paul explains: “Awareness campaigns have helped raise public and institutional focus on how technology and data is protected and used. But the skills and expertise required are quite different to traditional policing activity and must be continually refreshed and renewed to keep pace with criminal capacity and intent.”
Paul added: “This is not a threat that police can address alone. Organisations and individuals must assume a responsibility to assure that their behaviours and use of technology does not present a soft target for cyber criminals.
“Advances in communications technologies are an integral part of society and brings great social and commercial value to businesses and consumers alike. They do, however, also provide a channel that can be used by organised and informal criminal groups. It is important that police and security services recognise the threats posted by these widely accessible technologies.
Paul concludes: “This will require new skills and approaches within police and security organisations using advanced monitoring and analytics to not only investigate, detect and prosecute those responsible for cybercrime but also disrupt and deter criminal activity before it causes harm."
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