Kent Police set up new Cyber Crime Unit to support SMEs

18 Jul 2017


Kent Police have set up a new Cyber Crime Unit to support SMEs. The new Cyber Crime Unit will consist of a team of specially trained detectives to tackle Cyber Crime.

It will be led by Detective Inspector Lee Morton and is part of the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

The Unit has been established in response to the rise in computer crime and digital threats.

The team will proactively identify and investigate digital crimes, and disrupt the offenders responsible by making arrests, seizing equipment, and prosecuting them.

The team has already started giving presentations to different groups and plan to engage with as many businesses as possible. They will also be linking in with schools and colleges to target youngsters interested in online activities to promote safe and legal use of the internet.

Detective Inspector Lee Morton said: ‘Emerging crime patterns and trends over the last year or so have pointed towards a substantial growth in this type of offence and our unit is in place to respond to that.

‘Indeed, Kent police has received more than 8,000 reports of fraud, involving the loss of some £12 million in the last six months alone.

‘Small businesses are particularly vulnerable as they may be unable to invest in computer protection in the same way a large company can.

‘I would urge all companies and organisations to train staff in cybersecurity. Even organisations like schools can be at risk from a threat where hackers access their telephone exchange and can exploit call forwarding systems which dial premium rate numbers being operated by criminals usually overseas. The school does not realise it has been targeted until their phone bill arrives showing calls made costing them hundreds or thousands of pounds which they are liable to pay.’

The next free Cyber Awareness Conference is October 10th and you can find more information here.

Information on how to report a crime if you feel you have been a victim of cyber-crime is found in the 'Little Book of Cyber Scams'.

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