A new cyber-crime hub is to be established in Edinburgh, Scotland in a bid to tackle online crimes, especially those looking to damage critical nation infrastructure.
The state-of-the-art facility will house specialist investigators who carry out forensic digital examinations of hardware in support of police investigations “from child sexual exploitation to serious organised crime.”
The hub will bring together existing units in the Scottish capital as well as in Glenrothes and Falkirk and will help Police Scotland respond to a huge rise in the demand for digital forensic services to support cyber-investigations and also help to protect the country's computer infrastructure from cyber- attacks. Digital forensics is a key point of conversation at the moment, given the skills gap in this area - Europol just announced that it plans to hold a conference on the subject.
The Scottish Police Authority approved the new facility, which will receive £1.5 million in investment.
In a blog post announcing the opening today, Police Scotland said that there has been a 47 percent increase in demand for digital forensic examinations since the group's inception just over two years ago. The amount of memory in devices submitted for examination doubles approximately every two years and has placed a “significant “demand on police resources, which requires ever increasing server space to cope with the data demands of a modern society.
"The new hub will become a centre of excellence and will also allow for more effective integration with key partners in academia and business. This kind of partnership working has the potential to turn the cyber threat into a significant opportunity to grow an industry sector that can be of major benefit to Scottish policing, the Scottish economy and the people of Scotland."