Computer Crime Unit scoops top honours

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The Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit (CCU) scooped the coveted Editor’s Award at this year’s SC European Excellence Awards ceremony in London.

Detective Constable Andy Cookson picked up the award and said he was delighted the CCU's work was finally being recognised.

Speaking at the Infosecurity Europe Conference in London this week, industry professional heaped praise on the work of the forensics team.

"The CCU has done a lot of fantastic things you've never heard about," said Edward Gibson, assistant legal attaché for the FBI at the U.S. Embassy in London. "We now have a single point of contact that streamlines the reporting process and the national cooperation manual has been completely revamped. They're making sure criminals don't get away."

Talking at the same conference Detective Inspector Chris Simpson of the CCU said that there was still work to be done.

"Ecrime is on the increase, many jurisdictions lack a credible response to crime," he said. "Is it controllable? Yes, with the resources."

The CCU joined a host of other winners at the SC awards:

Best Blended Security Solution
NetIQ - NetIQ Security Manager
Best Enterprise Security Solution
Check Point
Best Managed Security Service
Symantec Corporation
Best Small Business Security Solution
Best SOHO Security Solution
Zone Labs
Best Security Solution for Healthcare
PGP Corporation
Best Security Solution for Financial Services
Symantec Corporation
Best Security Solution for Government
Whale Communications
CSO of the Year
Paul Simmonds - ICI
Best Information Security Manager
Tony Ritson - Wing Yip
Best Security Team
The Royal Mail
Best Security Implementation
Standard Chartered Bank
Best Security Training Programme
Credit Suisse First Boston

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