SOC affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other national security threat. It has a devastating daily impact on individuals, public services, businesses, institutions, national reputation and infrastructure. It is estimated to cost the UK economy in excess of £37 billion per year; increasing year on year. It is highly likely that this is a significant underestimate, particularly in relation to areas such as fraud.
The theme for this year’s conference will focus on the delivery of SOC from local to National level. It will highlight the need for us to stay ahead of the challenges we face when tackling the digital and technical elements of organised crime. Some relate to the complexity of accessing digital data, for example, due to encryption, whilst others relate to quantum - the physical amount of data that we can or should be accessing. Policing must consider its future operating position towards SOC to ensure it develops the right skill set, technology and standards to access, secure, share and exploit data across the policing landscape.