Press Release

21 November 2013

The world is experiencing a tidal-wave of criminal activity involving the use of computers and the internet more commonly known as 'Cybercrime'.

Every day over one million people are targeted, which, broken down, results in 14 adults suffering every second, according to the NORTON 2012 report.

National governments have spent billions of pounds on fighting Cybercrime, recognising just how important the internet has become for businesses and individuals to engage in trade, find information, access entertainment and communicate using social network. It is now part of everyday life for a growing percentage of the population but there are many criminals who would use this technology to steal money, steal identities and cause harm.

Canterbury Christ Church University has launched a Centre for Cybercrime Forensics (CCF) recognising the growing body of work across the last decade by staff in the University’s Department of Computing and the Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies. The Centre will carry out research, hold conferences and provide training and education opportunities to prevent and tackle Cybercrime.

Benoit Godart, Head of Outreach and Support at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) Europol, attended the launch of the CCF as the guest speaker. He said: “I am honoured and pleased to be invited to the University to attend this important development and look forward to future collaborations with Europol and EC3.”

The CCF can be used by anybody welcoming any inquiries from companies or members of the public to discuss opportunities for collaboration or possibilities for training or attending events hosted by the Centre.

Denis Edgar-Nevill has been appointed as Head of the Centre for Cybercrime Forensics which was launched earlier this month. Under Denis’s leadership, Canterbury Christ Church University developed the MSc in Cybercrime Forensics in 2004 (jointly validated with the main national police training body the College of Policing) followed by an undergraduate BSc in Forensic Computing in 2007.

Denis also founded the British Computing Society Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group in December 2008 which has now grown to 1620 members in 55 different countries.

Speaking about the CCF, Denis said: “The creation of the Centre recognises the excellence of previous work carried out by staff at the University and provides a framework to develop new research and training with the aim of making industries and the public more aware of problems and solutions in the fight against Cybercrime.”

Denis is also the lead researcher and investigator for the €1 million European Union funded ECENTRE project (England’s Cybercrime Centre of Excellence Network for Research Training and Education) which brings researchers in 10 UK universities together with the College of Policing and four companies to develop training for law enforcement, develop cybercrime forensic software tools and develop and share educational materials.

The CCF will also continue to hold the annual international conferences in Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training (CFET) that have been hosted by the University since 2007.

Notes to Editor

Cybercrime Statistics

From the NORTON 2012 Cybercrime Report:

  • 431 million adults a year experience cybercrime in 2011;
  • Cybercrime is globally almost as big as the black market for illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine and heroin);
  • 1 million+ new victims of cybercrime every day;
  • 41% of adults have no up to date security but 87% say it is important;
  • 54% of online adults have experienced viruses and malware;
  • 10% of adults have experienced cybercrime on their mobile devices;
  • Only 30% of adults think that they are more likely to be a victim of cybercrime than any other type of crime.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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