Cyber threats, a prestudy


  • Mikael Wedlin
  • Peter Nilsson
  • Arwid Komulainen
  • Farzad Kamrani

Publish date: 2018-09-04

Report number: FOI-R--4599--SE

Pages: 27

Written in: Swedish


  • Cyber threat
  • cybercrime
  • police online


This report presents the first year's results from the project Cyberthreat, a prestudy. The project aims at increasing FOI's knowledge of police cyber activities, and in particular the work against IT related crime, but also to increase Police's ability in the area as much as possible. Methodology has consisted mainly of literature studies and meetings with representatives of the different authorities, but also shorter workshops and a webinar. A large part of the work has been to characterize what a cyberthreat really is and what responsibility the law enforcement authorities have in the cyber domain, and what methods and tools are required to meet these cyber threats. One issue that has emerged is whether cybercrime should be regarded as its own crime type or if it is simply old crimes in a new package. Some of the factors that make cyber threats difficult to investigate and prevent is the widespread use of anonymization, and that these investigations often have international dimensions. Currently, competence in the cyber area is a key issue for the Police; One aspect of this is that there is excellence in the field, but lack of coordination and division of labor means that these skills are not utilized where they are most needed. Another aspect is that broadband competence in the cyber area is lacking in many parts of the organization.