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Police ‘lack skills to tackle cybercrime’

Joe Curtis

IT Pro

14 December 2014  
PA Consulting Group’s survey of police analysts is featured in an article in IT Pro and quotes the report’s co-author, Nick Newman, PA security expert. The article looks at the survey’s warning that more must be done to ensure the UK's cyber security.

The article looks at the following key findings from the report: 

  • only 30 per cent of police analysts are confident of their ability to identify and tackle cyber threats 

  • one-third of respondents admitted they have been unable to share operational information due to IT deficiencies

  • three-quarters of analysts spent just 10 per cent of their time on cybercrime analysis.

Commenting in the article, Nick Newman says: “Government investment is biased towards cyber security measures to prevent attacks which compromise or damage the critical national infrastructure.

“Far less attention has been paid to helping the police protect the victims of cybercrimes, from bank fraud to online child sexual exploitation, or to pursuing those who commit these crimes.

“It is clear from our survey that the police needs to transform its training, tools and ways of working for a new digital landscape if it’s to combat the increasingly sophisticated threats posed by a new wave of online criminality.”

The article goes on to discuss the report’s warning that “there is still very little data available to quantify the scale and range of new threats, or the pace of change.”


For a copy of our report, Cybercrime Tipping Point, click here.

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