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Speaking at the CYBER UK Conference in Manchester, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a £9m fund for law enforcement to tackle those who use the anonymity of the online space for illegal activities such as the selling of firearms, drugs, malware and people. More than £5m will support police to establish dedicated cyber crime units to investigate and pursue cyber criminals at a regional and local level.
The Home Office funding is part of £50m of newly allocated money to ensure police and prosecutors have the capabilities they need to tackle cyber crime at a national, regional and local level during 2018/2019.
Amber Rudd said: “The world of cyber is fast-developing and we need a fast-developing response to match. One that recognises that it is the responsibility of everyone in the UK to fight the evolving threat. That’s why today I’m pleased to announce that we will be investing over £50 million over the next year to bolster cyber capabilities within law enforcement at a national, regional and local level. We need to make sure we stay not just at pace but steps ahead of those who seek to exploit the possibilities of modern technology, and I am determined that this Government will continue to tighten the net.”
Some of the £50m will go to develop new national training for police and the wider criminal justice system, sponsored by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). The aim is to equip them with the tools to properly investigate and prosecute cases of cyber crime, including those on the dark web.
For Amber Rudd’s speech in full visit the Home Office website.