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How are you managing cybercrime? • Survey results PART 1

The results from our first Cybercrime Week survey are in! We'll be releasing the findings in two stages. See below for more from the first half.

October 23, 2018  By Staff

A few weeks ago Blue Line began collecting responses to its survey on navigating the growing cybercrime problem. Thank you to everyone who participated — we had 17 submit responses, which is a much larger result than our first “themed week” survey back in June!

Participants were asked nine short questions and provided a space to add any additional comments.

Results will be archived on Blue Line’s Cybercrime Week microsite.

Participant identified themselves as:


Police officers – 41.18 per cent
Civilians employed by a law enforcement agency – 17.65 per cent
Consultants to a law enforcement agency – 11.76 per cent
Other law enforcement officer – 5.88 per cent
Other – 23.53 per cent (included someone from Crime Stoppers, a security consultant, a civilian and a private trainer)

Question 1: Does your agency have a cyber unit?
No – 58.82 per cent
Yes – 35.29 per cent
In the process – 5.88 per cent

If participants marked, “Yes,” they were asked to specify the name of that unit. Answers included:

• Ecrime Unit
• Cyber Defence Operations (CDO)
• Cybercrime Unit
• Commercial Crimes Unit
• Cyber Crimes Investigative Unit

Question 2: How new is your agency’s cyber unit?
Established in last year or two – 50 per cent
Established 3-5 years ago – 37.5 per cent
Established over 5 years ago – 12.5 per cent

Question 3: How many employees are in that unit?
Answers varied. Many put zero. One wrote 15, another wrote two. Others said: three, one,  10, two marked down eight, “no idea, sorry,” question mark and “five?”

In total:

Zero members – five
One member – one
Two members – one
Three members – two
Five, with a question mark – one
Eight members – one
Ten members – one
Fifteen members – one
Question marks – two

Question 4: What are the type of cybercrime incidents your agency is dealing with most heavily?
Phishing scams – 35.29 per cent
Fraud & identity theft – 29.41 per cent
Online stolen property – 11.76 per cent
Information warfare – 5.88 per cent
Hacking –  zero per cent
Traffikcing (drugs, humans) – zero per cent
Sextortion – zero per cent
Cryptocurrencies – zero per cent
Other – 17.65 per cent

If participants marked, “Other,” they were asked to specify. Answers included:
• Not sure
• N/A
• All of the above

Stay tuned for the PART 2 of the results, which will be revealed on Thursday.

Special thanks to Cyber Security Canada for sponsoring Cybercrime Week and to everyone who participated in this survey.

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