Criminals have realized it doesn’t make sense to commit the crime in person; it’s very likely they’ll be caught, tried and convicted. Police forces have access to DNA testing along with a host of tools to help catch physical crimes.
Digital crimes, on the other hand, it's the wild west.
Cybercrime on the Rise
When we’re talking about cybercrime, it falls under one of these two categories where it’s listed as a criminal code of Canada violation:
Technology as the target (stealing credit card information, fraud, intellectual property, etc.)
Technology as part of the crime (sexual exploitation)
While the reported incidents of cybercrime have been rising significantly in the past year, no one really knows the full scope of the issue, as it’s estimated as few as 1 in 15 crimes gets reported.
A new Model of Policing
To tackle this wide-scale problem, we need to change the policing model. Currently in Canada, the police agency that would help depends on the jurisdiction you live in.
There needs to be an organization with a national mandate responsible for tracking identifying and prosecuting cybercriminals on an international scale.
However, this becomes challenging when the majority of criminals are hacking from outside of the country. Likely a country that isn’t a Canadian ally. In order to address this, there needs to be a level of international collaboration to get the criminals into the countries to be tried.
What canadians can do
This issue is impacting individuals all the way to large enterprises, we need to start asking our law makers to take this issue seriously. It needs to turn fro a policing mandate and into a national security mandate.
Cybercrime is messy, complicated and not getting the attention it needs from law makers.
Listen to the full conversation between David Shipley, Beauceron CEO, and Matt Gurney, Global News 640, below.