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Staying safe online during COVID-19

We are seeing, as a result of this crisis, increasing Cyber threats against a variety of targets, including Critical National Infrastructure and the health sector.

We have all seen the impact such an attack can have, particularly on the NHS, and recognise the impact a major cyber incident would have at this time.

The existing wider, high volume of sophisticated ransomware attacks, which can cripple an organisation and put it out of business, is also a growing threat. The current “business as usual” level of attacks may have more impact in this period as businesses themselves, their IT companies and wider cyber security industry may have less capacity to respond, through sickness and self-isolation.

 

The following are high risk areas:

  1.  Ransomware
  2.  Phishing
  3.  Home working
  4. Wider online fraud

With the increasing stress on organisations, especially those at the front line of the fight against Covid19, there is an even greater imperative that existing protocols are adhered to.

As people are not always expected to be in their current routine this creates further opportunities for socially engineering intrusions and data exfiltration.

Any attempts to circumvent the normal rules and procedures could leave an organisation wide open to cyber criminals and others to take advantage.

If you require any further information, assistance or guidance please do not hesitate to contact the Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect team.  

Stay home and stay safe. 

 

The Yorkshire & Humber ROCU is one of ten Regional Organised Crime Units providing specialist capability to tackle the increasingly complex threat posed by organised crime.


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The specialist areas of work include: cyber investigation, digital forensic examination, financial investigation and specialist intelligence resources alongside traditional detective work tackling serious drug trafficking and firearms offences across Force boundaries.

The specialist areas of work cannot be replicated within individual Forces because levels of confidentiality and costs would be prohibitive, so the four Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables have invested in the Yorkshire & Humber ROCU under the lead Force control of West Yorkshire Police.

The Yorkshire & Humber ROCU is funded by the Home Office and forms part of the strategic policing requirement set for all police forces in respect of serious organised crime.

The Yorkshire & Humber ROCU works with national law enforcement agencies such as the National Crime Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom’s, Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service, UK Visas and Immigration, Counter Terrorism Unit’s and Her Majesty’s Prison Service as well as international law enforcement partners such as Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol and broader European Law Enforcement.