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This will be the test of many a security director/manager, who will need to ensure efficient and joined up security solutions and will also need to improve on how security policies and processes are disseminated throughout the organisation.

Deputy Henry Pollard Chairman City of London Corporation Police Committee and Patron, City of London Crime Prevention Association

Next year’s British Crime Survey for England and Wales is likely to show an increase of several million fraud and cybercrimes to the overall level of crime in the UK – an increase of over 40%. Although British police forces have introduced hubs of cyber-crime experts, their efforts are a drop in the ocean compared to the scale of the problem we are now facing. All too often fraud is regarded as a ‘distant’, ‘victimless’ crime, which I reject entirely. Fraud is real and hugely damaging to those it touches and it undermines society at large. Online fraud and identity theft poses a huge threat and can ruin people’s lives.

Scams continue to affect the most vulnerable in society. The City of London Police closes down some 10,000 websites, telephone numbers and bank accounts on a monthly basis, preventing over £500m of fraud annually.

Partnership is critical and our relationships across the police and security spectrum paramount. The City of London Police has outstanding relationships, including with the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the British Transport Police Authority and National Police Chiefs’ Council and critically with the National Crime Agency.

Rekha Babber Managing Director Templar Cyber Academy Templar Executives

Repeated headlines of corporate cyber security breaches underline the

mounting threat from cyberspace that British companies face going into 2016.

No company and no one is immune to attack. Many high profile British companies have

suffered a damaging attack this year – either directly or through vulnerabilities in their supply chains. The threat is not only from profit-seeking or malicious individuals, or organised crime gangs, but also espionage and terrorism. The threat cannot be overstated as more systems become digitised and diversified. Sensitive personal data and intellectual property held by British companies remains at high risk.

Every company is now a digital company, globally connected; the potential effect of business information not being sufficiently protected is not just short-term financial cost, but long-term damage to reputation and trust, even the viability of the business.

As we head towards 2016, it is imperative that companies recognise that growth in online activities from communications to commerce must be matched by higher attention paid to mitigating risks against loss, unauthorised access, corruption or damage to information. This will mean clarity and awareness at Board level for good governance, better internal infrastructure protection, and a renewed focus on staff cyber security best practice and behaviours.




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