Set up as a capability within the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU), the South West Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) specialise in investigating and protecting against cyber dependent crime. We also deter individuals from getting involved in cyber crime.
Cyber Futures is an initiative within SWRCCU to support young people who are particularly talented or interested in cyber security & the professionals who surround them. Findings show that young people are more likely to commit offences under the Computer Misuse Act, but not because they are criminals. Some individuals learn skills online through forums or videos & develop themselves without considering the legal and criminal consequences of practicing hacking unethically. However, it has been shown that by having positive role models, mentors and legitimate opportunities to develop, young people can be deterred away from cyber crime. Having early stage intervention provides the challenge sought by these individuals and gives insight into the actual consequences of committing Computer Misuse Act offences (which they may not have been aware of).
We’re involved in Do Cyber because we want to inspire young people to learn and develop these skills ethically & engage with professionals to assist in supporting those individuals ensuring they have a bright future within cyber.