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Police ‘failing to train key staff to fight growing threat of cyber crime’

Paul Peachey  

The Independent   

8 December 2014  

A study from PA Consulting Group, examining how prepared the UK's law enforcement agencies are to tackle cyber crime, is featured in The Independent. The article looks at the study’s key finding that the UK's law enforcement agencies are not equipped to confront cyber crime.

The study surveyed police intelligence analysts and found that less than a third of these analysts thought they had the skills or technology to address a threat expected to expand over the next three years.

The article quotes an analyst who responded to the study: “The police are becoming more aware of the cyber threat, but remain behind in terms of their own technology, knowledge and intelligence.  You only find something when you look for it – and we have only just started looking.”

The author of the report, PA Consulting Group’s security expert Nick Newman, said it was “troubling that police were ‘nowhere near equipped’ to deal with the threat, despite a cyber-crime programme that will train 2,000 detectives in new techniques by April next year.”

Nick goes on to say that analysts were “forecasting a trebling of cyber crime over the next three years but that ‘only one third’ of police had the skills needed to combat it.”

The article concludes by explaining that the report calls for a rethink about police recruitment to tackle cyber crime, as police and intelligence agencies struggle to recruit high-calibre technology experts.  


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

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