Each ROCU’s cyber crime unit works proactively and reactively on significant cyber investigations, aiming to defend against evolving threats, deter and disrupt hostile action, and identify and utilise expertise to overcome future threats and challenges.
Criminals are increasingly exploiting the speed, convenience, and anonymity of the internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities, and cyber crime units work tirelessly to apprehend those looking to cause harm through these channels.
Specialist teams can use tactics dedicated to tackling offenders operating on the dark web, and secure sites are also used to analyse computers, mobile phones, and other digital devices to obtain evidence of organised criminal activity.
Cyber crime is an ever increasing threat within the UK. The cost of cyber crime to the UK economy is suspected to be billions of pounds per year, and the cost to individuals and businesses is equally staggering.
Cyber crime is a global threat and criminals and the technical infrastructure they use are often based overseas, making international collaboration essential.
We focus on critical cyber incidents as well as longer-term activity against offenders and the services on which they depend.
ROCUs also work closely with the National Crime Agency, National Cyber Security Centre, police forces, and external partners to share intelligence and coordinate action.
Cyber Resilience Centre
There are nine regional Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs), established across England and Wales and led by policing, to provide free and affordable, high-quality cyber resilience help and services to smaller organisations in their locality.
Click on the button below to access each region for more information.
Helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online. They have a Cyber Security for small business guide and a charity guide which helps improve cyber security quickly, easily and at low cost plus much more.
Join our community on CiSP (Cyber Information Sharing Partnership Platform) and sign up on the NCSC website. CiSP allows members from across sectors and organisations to exchange cyber threat information in real time, in a secure and dynamic environment, while operating within a framework that protects the confidentiality of shared information.
Police CyberAlarm is an award-winning free tool, provided by your local police force and funded by the Home Office, to help your business or organisation monitor and report the suspicious cyber activity it faces.
Since Police CyberAlarm launched it has identified over a billion suspicious events resulting in reports and advice being given to members, enabling them to take action to prevent a successful attack.
Find out about easy steps you can take to protect your home or business from cyber-crime.
Cyber Aware aims to drive behaviour change amongst small businesses and individuals, so that they adopt simple secure online behaviours to help protect themselves from cyber criminals: use strong passwords and always download the latest software updates as soon as they appear.
Protect your business against cyber threats. Cyber Essentials is a government-backed and industry-supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats. Cyber Essentials is for all organisations, of all sizes, and in all sectors - we encourage all to adopt the requirements as appropriate to their business.
Ransomware is malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files. When this happens, you can’t get to the data unless you pay a ransom. However this is not guaranteed and you should never pay! This website gives you advice on how to protect yourself from this threat.
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.