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June 22, 2010


UK Survey on Investigative Technology and Capability

by jparker

I received a note this past week about a  new survey by intelligence and investigation management software solutions specialist, ABM.  The study, ‘ABM Investigation Survey 2010′, surveyed the opinions of 72 investigation professionals from a range of large organisations in the United Kingdom, including retail and consumer product specialists. The objective was to gain a clearer understanding of businesses’ ability to manage investigations by examining what changes have occurred over the last 24 months and their impact on cases.

According to their survey, more than half of businesses surveyed experienced an increase in theft (52%) and fraud (49%) over the last two years. Alarmingly however, investigation personnel numbers have decreased for one in four (25%) organisations, while budgets to investigate and reduce incidents have also diminished for three in ten (29%) organisations. Investigation teams continue to face the challenge to do more with less to help protect the bottom-line. Astonishingly however, despite these pressures, two in five (43%) organisations believe their investigative effectiveness has improved over the last two years.

Some of the findings include how criminal attacks on organisations’ profits increase and how US investigation teams more tech savvy than UK counterparts. The full report can be downloaded here.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mr X
    Aug 24 2010

    When posting on your blog about an issue impacting the LP/Security community in the UK, do you normally blog in UK English, or did you copy and paste from the report?

    I am citing your use of the word Organization, which you wrote, “Organisation”

    Cheers and Jolly Good….

    • Aug 25 2010

      In this case, I cannot specifically recall but I do have a tendency, at times, to adopt UK English conventions after reading studies or reports from Europe. I’ve even been known to throw in an extra “m” in programme from time to time!

      • Mr X
        Aug 30 2010


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