The National Crime Agency has today published the National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2018. One of the key insights from the paper is the enormous and increasing impact of technology on SOC.
The assessment emphasises that technology is an enabler of a great deal of current crime, and the horizon scanning section makes clear that the role of tech is only going to grow. Already encryption, the dark web and crypto currencies are being used by criminals the world over. And the NCA highlights developments in communication technologies (in particular the advent of 5G), artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous systems as advances that will have a hugely significant and disruptive impact.
Crucially, the report highlights that technological developments will continue to lower the barriers to entry for some cyber-enabled crimes, which could lead to a dramatic increase in the number perpetrators.
Reassuringly, this report demonstrates that the NCA is aware of relevant tech trends, their potential impact on crime, and are considering how to mitigate them. techUK looks forward to working with law enforcement agencies to ensure they have a good understand of advances in tech, the risks they pose and the opportunities they present. For, equally reassuringly, UK policing are clearly also well aware of the benefits that advances in technology bring to the fight against crime. National initiatives like the National Enabling Programme and the Digital Policing Portfolio, complemented by a range of ambitious local force programmes and regional collaborations, are allowing police to ensure that they can harness the transformative power of tech to fight and prevent crime in the digital age. At techUK we continue to work closely with policing to help deliver the transformation they need to seize this opportunity.