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City of London Police and Kaspersky Lab lead the way in combating fraud

22nd August 2014

Kaspersky Lab are joining forces with City of London Police to educate police services and businesses across Britain on ways to tackle cyber crime.

Cyber crime plays a huge part in fraud offence numbers today, with seven out of ten scams now internet-related, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

To help tackle the rise in cybercrime, City of London Police has enlisted internet security experts, Kaspersky Lab, to train its police officers at all levels on these ever-growing threats. 

First of its kind

This innovative training program, the first of its kind with UK law enforcement, will provide them with the skills and knowledge to identify and resolve these crimes – from an individual victim encountering fraud during an online shopping-spree to a business losing thousands of pounds from a targeted attack. 

The first of these week-long training programs was attended and successfully completed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau earlier this year. While the course places emphasis on threats that are aimed at financial organisations and government bodies, which are the top targets for online fraud in the UK, the skills learnt will also be applicable when combatting the cyber threats the general public face.

National policing lead for economic crime

Det Chief Supt David Clark stated “as the complexity of cybercrime constantly increases, it’s imperative that the service’s knowledge of such threats increases at the same pace. With over 21,000 computer misuse crimes in the UK in the first quarter of 2014, it’s clear that people and businesses are at risk and need protecting. 
The UK police service needs to be ready to identify these crimes and have the knowledge to tackle them head on.

This partnership with Kaspersky Lab further underlines our role as the national policing lead for economic crime and will enhance our capability for combating fraud and cybercrime nationwide”.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.