The process – which can take between two and 30 minutes – doesn’t require advanced hacking tools. The police at the scene simply need the knowledge and skills to access the data quickly. Once the cache is secured, police can image the devices to create identical bit-by-bit copies. These replicas can then be used to preserve evidence which would otherwise have been lost.“It’s a case of learning the practical skills that we can utilize – no different to a finding a gun at a crime scene that we can make safe from the public and attribute to the criminal,” said DC Steve Mersh when interviewed on the BBC.Learning to hack
UK law enforcement is gaining cyber security skills on courses designed to incorporate popular cyber security qualifications. Every week police arrive at centers across the UK to receive cutting-edge cyber security training from veterans usually responsible for training ‘ethical hackers’ and ‘penetration testers’ across the globe.
Training covers all aspects of information security, from hacking to encryption and cryptography. Police also get to grips with the entire hacking life-cycle, from information gathering to track-covering. Their curriculum even culminates in achieving recognized cyber security certifications, like the Certified Ethical Hacker.
To prove their skills, police are also put through time-sensitive, real-life simulated cyber crime scene investigations.
When interviewed on BBC Breakfast News, DC Steve Mersh said: “It’s a case of learning the practical skills that we can utilise, no different to a finding a gun at a crime scene that we can make safe from the public and attribute to the criminal.”
The future of law enforcement
“It’s what I see as the future of policing and although people don’t see it as the norm now, I think that it most certainly will be,” says DC Charlie Hare.
With rising rates of cybercrime globally, skills taught in these training programmes will eventually become mainstay training for every UK law enforcement officer – whatever their role.
As new threats emerge, there’s now an increased interest in Open Source Intelligence, Digital Currency and The Dark Web’s marketplaces. Clearly, law enforcement cannot stop learning.
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