Forecasting a heavy downpour on cyber crime

Crime doesn’t pay, but it often moves with the times. With the growth in ecommerce and mobile internet access, targeting cloud computing and the web has become more popular with criminals, therefore it’s important we protect our customers and offer what support we can to the police.

Our Fraud and Security team look after our UK customers and, where appropriate, the needs of the police, but sometimes a little extra help is needed. I had the privilege of chairing “Contrails” evaluation committee in March, which was for UK Research Council funded centres looking into finding, understanding and countering crime in the cloud. It involved assessors from the Police, National Crime Agency and Academia.

The published call for proposals sought new centres that will help the police and research the following challenges:

Understanding – what criminality might be found in a cloud environment?
Identifying – what indicators of criminality might exist?
Detecting – how do we detect criminality, in real time or retrospectively, while maintaining privacy?
Demonstrating – how can we demonstrate the existence of criminality in the cloud to an actionable or legal standard?

The selected University centre(s) should be announced next month. Another step forward in helping to keep customers safe from the dangers of cyber crime in a fast-moving digital world.

About Dr Mike Short CBE

Mike’s career includes 4 generations of mobile communications development, and spans 4 decades in Electronics and Telecommunications, covering Technology, Innovation and Public policy.

After running design and manufacturing for Philips Industries, and Toshiba, he joined BT in 1983 and was appointed in 1989 as a Director of Cellnet (now branded O2) to launch Digital 2G (or GSM) mobile networks. He later went on to run the 3G business case, launch 3G in the UK and research new business including 4G.

He’s served on various Government committees on Spectrum Policy, Internet and Broadband access, ICT Trade and on London 2012 advisory committees. He was elected Chairman – global GSM Association in 1995 and then a Board member until 2002 ; chaired the UK Mobile Data Association 1998 – 2008 ; elected IET President 2011/2012. He was also elected to the Board of ETSI for 3 years 2011/14 and Chaired the TSB backed ICT Knowledge Transfer Network 2007/14.

Mike’s Telefónica focus today is on innovation, whether research or new business development. This includes a focus on advanced mobile services and data applications including Mobile TV, Smart Metering, Connected Cars , Smart Cities, Connected Healthcare, Emergency services and ‘5G’ Research.  He’s a Visiting Professor at Surrey, Leeds, and Lancaster Universities; a Board Governor of Coventry University and Ravensbourne , Greenwich.

Mike is a Fellow of IET/BCS/RGS/ Royal Academy, and was appointed in 2014 University Research “Impact assessor.  Mike was honoured with a CBE by the Her Majesty the Queen in June 2012 for services to the Mobile industry after 25 years industrial experience.