Over 3800 UK police officers have undertaken cybersecurity training to boost skills levels, an increase of more than 90 times from five years ago, according to new research from Veracode.
The application security firm submitted freedom of information (FoI) requests to the nation’s police forces, and of the 19 that responded, a total of 3888 officers had undergone security training this year.
That’s compared to just 43 back in 2010, although from the data seen by Infosecurity, this could partly be explained by the fact that there are fewer records available for five years ago.
The type of cybersecurity courses being studied vary, although the most popular appear to be the College of Policing’s Mainstream Cybercrime Training and the NCALT e-learning courses under the Cybercrime and Digital Policing banner.
It is hoped that with these new digital skills, officers will be better able to liaise with the cybersecurity teams that were created within Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) as part of the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy.
The courses might also help regular police close the skills gap between themselves and National Cybercrime Unit officers, enabling better support during investigations into serious cybercrime.
Veracode co-founder and CTO/CISO, Chris Wysopal, argued that training was vital to ensure officers are skilled enough to combat serious cybercrime.
“Application vulnerabilities in internet connected home automation devices have the power to turn what might have been a simple burglary into a regional theft ring stretching beyond a single community, perhaps even crossing local authority jurisdictions,” he added.
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