Met Commissioner Sir Bernard says Police Skimming the Surface of Cybercrime

By   John Smith
EMEA CTO , Veracode | Jul 08, 2015 08:00 pm PST

You may have seen news this weekend that the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said on Sky News that Police are just “skimming the surface” in their efforts to tackle cybercrime. Comment below from John Smith, Solution Architects at Veracode, the application security specialists.

John Smith, Solution Architects at Veracode :

It is encouraging to hear the Police recognise the massive scope of cybercrime and the significant feat that the police face in dealing with it, following this weekend’s comments from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe on how the British police are “only skimming the surface” of cybercrime.

However, whilst there is much more investment to be made, across the UK, police forces are already making impressive strides in training officers to deal with next generation of cybercrime. Figures obtained by Veracode under the Freedom of Information Act revealed a significant increase in cyber skills training in the force over the past few years. Inquiries made into a cross section of British 19 police forces found 3,888 officers have undertaken specific cybersecurity training in 2015, a near 100 times increase from five years ago. Sir Bernard’s remarks and the increased training shows that the Police have woken up to the new world of cybercrime, but continued investment is essential if the police are to be an effective force in stopping cybercriminals and bringing them to justice.