Computer crime police join BCS

9th May 2003

The Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit (CCU) is joining BCS to gain professional recognition for their IT skills and to provide expert comment to the BCS Information Security Specialist Group on issues surrounding cyber crime.

BCS Deputy Chief Executive, Colin Thompson (right) with the Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit Established in 1984, the Metropolitan Police CCU has three main areas of work: hacking, viruses and serious internet crime. The officers are highly trained in IT security and forensics and bring a wealth of traditional policing experience and detective skills to this relatively new field.

Detective Sergeant Steve Santorelli explains why BCS membership is so important for the CCU: "Four members of the CCU are Certified Information Systems Security Professionals; three have gained MScs in information security; one has got an MSc in legal jurisprudence, and two are working for PhDs in security subjects. We therefore felt that it was essential to gain professional recognition for our skills and BCS membership provides us with the credibility our qualifications and experience deserve. We are looking forward to contributing to the work done by BCS in our field"

Organised computer crime is becoming incredibly sophisticated and as the Metropolitan Police CCU is mainly involved with combating hacking and virus writing, in addition to internet crime, the team is expertly qualified to provide comment and assistance to BCS on the ethical and policy issues concerning cyber crime.

BCS deputy chief executive, Colin Thompson is delighted to welcome the Metropolitan Police CCU: "They are dedicated and professional police officers whose contribution to issues concerning cyber crime will be greatly appreciated. The Met CCU will make a great addition to the professional ranks of BCS."

For further information please contact the BCS Press Office.