Enhance understanding of cyber-crime through working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, and apply proactive intelligence and prevention strategies to address it.
Improve our capability to tackle cyber-crime by training our frontline staff (including call centre and front desk staff) to recognise cyber-related reports of crime to enhance intelligence and evidence gathering.
Train our officers in the skills necessary to investigate cyber-crime effectively.
Embed tackling cyber-crime into core community policing.
Be flexible across geographical boundaries.
Support our residents, businesses and workers to protect themselves against the risk from cyber-crime.
Intervene to stop our community from being drawn into low level cyber-crime, including online purchases through criminal websites.
Develop techniques to identify and disrupt ongoing cyber-crime impacting on the City of London.
Ensure victims affected by cyber-crime receive the support they need.
What we did
Identified cases which have involved cyber criminality and made early arrests to prevent ongoing harm.
Conducted cyber-related investigations into corporate espionage and Bitcoin mining.
Made arrests in connection with hacking, corporate espionage and investigated offences connected to computer misuse and bitcoin mining.
Delivered events to partners to raise awareness of personal cyber security.
Worked with partners and businesses in the City of London to assess vulnerabilities associated with the ICT systems.
Delivered awareness training to schools and businesses to raise awareness of cyber bullying and encourage its reporting.
Identified and utilised an innovative training exercise to improve business awareness and capability associated with cyber criminality.
Tested our own vulnerability to cyber attack.
The number of cyber-crime referrals to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has increased 8 fold over the past two years, from 15 in 2015/16 to 129 in 2017/18, indicating that awareness of this area of criminality is improving.
This is an area where we would expect to see a rise in reported incidents, due principally to the increase in awareness outlined above, and as a type of criminality, it is constantly evolving and being exploited on a global scale.