What is included under this priority
Areas of work include:
- raising awareness in the general population about staying safe online
- reducing risk to the most vulnerable groups
- building resilience of local businesses to the threat of cyber crime
Cybercrime continues to rise in scale and complexity, impacting on a greater number of victims, affecting essential services, businesses and private individuals alike. However less complex means are also very successful such as phishing for personal information using bogus information.
It is costing the UK billions of pounds, causes untold damage, and threatens national security. According to the National Crime Agency, home-grown cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated and therefore a rising threat. Although young criminals are often driven by peer kudos rather than financial reward, organised UK cybercrime groups are motivated by profit.