Andrew Gould, Detective Superintendent of the National Cyber Crime Programme at UK Police explains why the police force are getting serious about fighting cyber crime

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Launched in October 2016, the National Cyber Security Centre was set up to help protect critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. 

“We need to take reasonable steps to protect not just the public’s data, but your own assets whether it’s your kind of, you know, your intellectual property, customer data, money. You need to work out what’s valuable to you and then work out what level of protection you need to give yourself a reasonable level of assurance without making it impossible to do business.”

Most recently it was announced that thousands of police officers in the UK are now being offered specialist training in cybersecurity, signaling a shift towards the changing nature of how we define crime in the 21st century. Leading this movement is Andrew Gould, Detective Superintendent of National the cybercrime programme at UK Police. Prior to taking up his role as Detective Superintendent, Andrew was the senior investigating officer in the Counter Terrorism Command, running terrorism investigations in the UK and abroad. With a mission to change the perception that the Police isn’t doing enough to fight cybercrime, Andrew has focused his career in helping different bodies to build their own local specialist cyber crime capability and making sure its properly linked into existing regional organised crime units.

In this Podcast interview, Andrew talks to EM360 about why one-third of all reported crime in the UK is cybercrime, the importance of creating an unobtrusive security culture, why GDPR will be the new PPI, and the impact he thinks AI and machine learning will have on cybersecurity.

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