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UK's HMIC slates police forces for ignoring cybercrime and cyberdefence

John E Dunn | April 11, 2014
Many police forces in England and Wales are behaving as if cybercrime and cyberdefence are not part of their remit, lacking detailed strategies to prevent, detect or react to it, a stinging report from inspection body Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has found.

"There has been a lot of political rhetoric about the threat of cybercrime and its rising dominance. However, establishing central resources such as CERT-UK is undermined significantly if police forces are unable to help and assist people at a regional and local level," he said.

Arguably, the fundamental role of police forces across the UK is, first, to act as a channel for reporting cybercrime, something without which the specialist units will be fighting without adequate intelligence. Years after the issue was first raised as deserving of urgent attention, in the view of the HMIC, they are clearly still failing to perform this basic role.

A second issue is prevention, something that should happen through alerting. And yet the reality is that today no citizen would even think to ask a local police force for advice on this topic let alone tell them when they become victims.

 

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