British police are woefully under-skilled to tackle the rapidly expanding world of cybercrime, according to a new report of police intelligence analysts.
The report, conducted by PA Consulting, gathered responses from 48 different police bodies, and its findings don’t make pretty reading. Less than a third of respondents have the technology or skills to fight cybercrime, with 75% of analysts spending less than 10% of their time on cybercrime analysis.
Cyber security expert and author of the report Nick Newman commented that it was disturbing that police were’ nowhere near equipped’ to deal with the cyber crime threat. The government has backed the training of 2,000 detectives in new cyber techniques by April 2015, but when you consider how much of modern life is spent in the cyber world, and how much cybercrime is present in society, this seems unequivocally disproportionate.
One huge problem that the police face is recruiting highly skilled cyber security specialists, who in the private sector command a much greater salary than the police can offer. Cyber security is a critical issue in a technology driven world, whether it be individuals, businesses or governments.
Serena Gonsalves-Fersch, head of KPMG’s Cyber Security Academy commented:
‘Both private and public sector organisations need to focus on developing the skills of their existing workforce and on integrating cyber training into their overall training and development policies.’
The Government’s own, four-year, £650 million cyber security strategy focuses on protecting the national infrastructure and helping raise awareness of cyber security amongst organisations through its Cyber Essentials Scheme. It seems clear to me that they need to dig a little deeper to support and train the Police.
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