Sussex police receives multi million pound investment to tackle cyber crime
Sussex Police received £7 million from the Government as part of a five-year National Cyber Security Strategy, introduced in 2016, it was announced today.
The sum was sent to all police forces in England and Wales so that they can all have a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit (CCU).
Prior to 2016, only 31% of forces had a CCU. Sussex Police was however a pioneer in this area, having had a CCU, shared with Surrey Police, for the past four years.
Cyber crime remains one of the most complex policing challenges. Cyber crimes are carried out against computers, computer networks, data storage or other devices. They also include crimes that are enabled by computers, such as making online purchases with a stolen bank card, or sending money to a criminal after receiving a fraudulent email.
From browsing the Internet on the go, to accessing social media, banking and shopping online, we now live in a digitally engaged world. This has given criminals both greater scope to prey on vulnerable people and the belief they can be invisible while they do this.Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson who oversees the Surrey and Sussex CCU
For some time now, cyber crime has been a key area of development for us and we can, and do, investigate and convict the people committing these crimes. We’ve adapted to respond to the digital environment to ensure we’re relentless in our pursuit of criminals and reducing crime wherever that crime is committed.
I am absolutely delighted to announce this significant step forward in improving the overall response to cyber crime in England and Wales.Peter Goodman, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for cyber Chief Constable
“In the last six years we have introduced a robust national and regional network of dedicated units from the National Cyber Crime Unit within the National Crime Agency to the Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) but we were still lacking a local response. The investment announced today will deliver a force level capability to investigate and pursue offenders and help businesses and victims protect themselves from attack.
Sussex Police shared tips to reduce your chance of becoming a victim. Some of these are:
- Use a strong password or passphrase, which is at least 12 characters long and contains a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols;
- Never give personal or sensitive details out online or over email;
- Only download from legal, trusted websites;
- Control your social media accounts – regularly check your privacy settings and how your data is being used and shared;
- Be extremely cautious if you’re asked for money.
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