Keeping up with online criminals
Digital-Trust and National CyberSkills Centre announce national training programme for criminal justice agencies and support charities.
This week is National Stalking Awareness Week 2015. Today, in almost every stalking case the abuser will use some form of technology against their victim.
Stalkers will monitor everything the victim does, who they contact and where they go using tools that are freely available to them. They will use social media, tracking software and devices, spyware and listening devices.
“Recognising when this technology is being used, the risks associated with them and how to disable it is far beyond most victims or professional’s expertise,” explains Jennifer Perry, CEO of the Digital-Trust.
So online experts the Digital-Trust and the National Cyber Skills Centre have partnered up to be able to deliver a national training programme for professionals unable to keep up with the changing online landscape.
“Budget cuts mean it can be difficult for professionals to attend essential training. Working together, we will be able to offering digital training that is more accessible and affordable” said Stephen Wright, General Manager of the National Cyber Skills Centre.
Digital risks are not new. In 2008 Gail Hdili was blinded in one eye and left scarred by the "frenzied" attack by her ex-partner. Gail had left her abusive ex and found a place of safety. Her location was compromised by an online account: Gail’s partner knew her login details to her Ebay account. He waited for her to buy an item and then used the new delivery address to find her.
Although the agencies working with Gail and her children had moved her to a place of safety they simply didn’t realise the digital risks.
“Online safety is of paramount importance yet seven years on from Gail’s horrific experience many professionals working with vulnerable victims are still unaware of the need to have a safeguarding plan that includes digital,” says Jennifer Perry. “We’re here to help to make it easier to keep people safe and to step-by-step demystify the difficulties of staying safe online.”
“The criminal justice agencies and support charities are very good at helping people put in safety measures for their homes but often don’t think about how to secure the devices. They may not realise that a compromised mobile or online account can give abuser the victim’s location.
“The problem will continue to escalate. Technology will continue to develop apace and most people struggle to keep up with those changes. That is why the training that the Digital-Trust with the National Cyber Skills Centre has developed to help educate the criminal justice agencies and support charities is imperative.”
The Digital Trust is a Community Interest Company offering expert training in:
• Understand stalking and risks
• Digital abuse within domestic violence
• How to manage online harassment and anti-social behaviour
The Digital-Trust’s mission is to develop detailed and easily accessible advice for victims of digital crime. The Digital-Trust brings technologists together with those professionals working within the criminal justice system and the associated support charities. They identify risks and continuously develop new advice, tools and guidance to combat the rapidly developing technology threats. The Digital-Trust provides the technical expertise that organisations may lack and works with the to help victims.
About the National Cyber Skill Centre
Launched in April, 2014, the National Cyber Skills Centre (NCSC) and based at the Malvern Hills Science Park within the long-established ‘Cyber Valley’ area, the NCSC exists to offer a two-fold solution to increasing the skills of business and other sectors by creating greater awareness of the problem itself, and by offering a courses compiled by a range of cyber-defence expert training providers.