CIISec & College of Policing announce the independent launch of the Institute of Cyber Digital Investigation Professionals (ICDIP)

The ICDIP, the first professional organisation of its kind in the world, will benchmark skills and accredit individuals to give confidence in cyber digital investigations. It will measure the competency of practitioners, allow them to prove their expert status, and speed up the professionalisation of cyber digital investigation, and give confidence that any evidence from digital investigations presented in judicial proceedings has come from an authoritative source. Ultimately this will help increase trust in digital evidence, give greater weight in court cases, and ensure fair convictions.

The world first organisation was started in September 2015 when the Home Office discussed with Law Enforcement organisations and the College of Policing (CoP) concerns that individuals working on cyber digital investigations were not recognised as a specialist profession. As a result, there were instances where the veracity of evidence presented at court had been challenged. 

Following this, the CoP led work on a five-year project focusing on the professionalisation of the cyber digital investigations sector. Out of this, the ICDIP was formed, with assistance from CIISec who provided expertise in the development of accrediting professionals. As planned the funding from the Home Office, through the National Cyber Security Programme, has established and made a success of the ICDIP which will now become a self-funded organisation that will be managed by CIISec under contract to the CoP.

Discussing the launch Sarra Fotheringham, Policing Standards Manager for Digital & Cyber, College of Policing said “The growing importance of cyber digital investigation skills in policing meant there needed to be both a standards framework and accreditation to measure them. Using the framework to validate competency assures that we have highly competent and capable individuals conducting specialist cyber and digital investigations.”

Amanda Finch, CEO, CIISec added "Measuring skills and competency through accreditation is vital in all factors of cyber, and investigation is no different. The growth of cybercrime, and the increased connection of cyber and digital activities with other crimes, means that a method to benchmark and prove individuals’ skills and reliability as a witness is crucial."

The ambition is now that the ICDIP accreditation will become accepted as providing evidence of the same standing as an expert witness. This will result in increased success at court in cases where digital evidence has contributed to the investigation. 

There are currently 700 accredited members across over 70 law enforcement agencies.

Find out more about the ICDIP here