The number of UK police officers enrolled in cyber-security training has increased near-tenfold in the last five years, according to latest figures, underlining the magnitude of the threat posed by hackers to British businesses.
As the Infosecurity website reports, over 3,800 officers have undergone security training this year, compared to just 43 back in 2010, Freedom of Information (FoI) requests by Veracode have unearthed.
The application security firm said that these new skills will allow local forces, which have long endured a cyber-security skills gap, to co-operate with the newly established cyber teams within the Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCU).
Veracode went as far as to say that local police forces will have the necessary skills to contribute to ROCU investigations that bleed over on into their patch, as well as do some of the legwork for the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) during serious cyber-crime investigations.
Chris Wysopal, co-founder, CISO and CTO at Veracode, said the initiative is indicative of the times, and couldn’t have come soon enough.
“These findings suggest how the growing threat of cyber-crime has reached police officers working on the beat each and every day,” he said in a statement. “It is vital that forces continue to invest in training officers to tackle this increasing danger to businesses and members of the public alike.”
The data comes to light only a couple of months after Adrian Leppard, the Commissioner of the City of London Police, warned that police will never have enough manpower to fully address the problem of cyber-crime.