UK Police to Take Cybersecurity Courses to Increase Cyber Crime Knowledge

UK Police to Take Cybersecurity Courses to Increase Cyber Crime Knowledge

Law enforcement in the UK are brushing up on their cybersecurity skills to better help the public.

Law enforcement in the United Kingdom are now expected to tackle cyber crime such as online fraud, scams, and crimes being committed for the purposes of identity theft and financial gain. They must also now become familiar with the threats, concepts and basics of how such attacks are conducted.

In their public duty, the UK has decided that law enforcement must know how to advise victims of cybersecurity related crimes, as well as make them aware of their rides and send them in the right direction. 

An article by ZDNet listed the courses UK police officers are to take to understand cybersecurity and the crimes related to data security. In November, Cisco announced their partnership with the UK to provided cybersecurity training for the officers. Here are the courses available to UK police officers:

Introductory to Cybersecurity. This course covers the basics, including the what, how and structure of data. It covers IoT and Big Data as well as the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CAD) triad, in which Cisco calls the "guideline for information security for an organization." This course covers the different kind of threats, hacker types, such as white, gray and black, and malware including spyware, adware and ransomeware.

Cybersecurity Essentials. This course recycles some information from the introductory course, but does include some lab exercises to practically apply what you are learning and these tasks help to cement the course context. ZDNet says the course is geared towards would-be security researchers, rather than professionals in other fields who need a cybersecurity foundation in order to implant information to the public and to deal with criminal cases.

Andy Beet, from the National Police Chiefs' Council, Data Communications Group, said the courses and initiative at large would, "raise awareness and increase their understanding of cybercrime and cyberthreats," and that "it is important for all police officers to understand cybersecurity as fully as possible; by doing so they can develop their knowledge in this increasingly important area, improving security in both their professional and personal lives."

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