Police 'Unprepared' for Cyber Crime

A report has found only three out of 43 police forces in England and Wales have a plan to deal with large scale cyber-attacks.

The report also found a mere two per cent of staff across the police forces had been trained in cyber security.

Last year, the government identified five threats the police needed to prepare for. These included terrorism, civil emergencies, public order threats and large scale cyber-attacks.

Stephen Otter of HMIC said: "The capacity and capability of the police to respond to national threats is stronger in some areas than others - with the police response to the cyber-threat being the least well developed."

Inspectors found that the police forces' ability to deal with cyber-threats currently remains non-existent. They also found forces were 'silent' when it came to preventing cyber-crime and protecting people from the harm it causes.

The report said: "The police must be able to operate very soon just as well in cyberspace as they do on the street."

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