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Head of NCA's cyber crime unit leaves for private sector job

Andy Archibald, The National Crime Agency’s head of cyber crime leaves to take up a job in the private sector

Andy Archibald, the head of the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) cyber crime unit, has resigned from his position to take up a job in the private sector. 

An  NCA spokesman told Computer Weekly that Archibald will be leaving the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) in October.  

“We can confirm Andy Archibald, deputy director of the NCA’s NCCU, will be retiring from law enforcement in late October 2015, after more than 31 years of service. He will take up a position in the private sector,” the spokesman said. 

Archibald joined the NCA as head of its NCCU when the agency replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency in October 2013.

“The NCCU is building on the work of previous cyber crime fighting agencies, but its leadership role enables it to harness skills across government, law enforcement, industry and internationally,” said Archibald at the time

The NCCU leads the UK’s response to cyber crime and works with several other organisations, such as the Metropolitan Police cyber crime unit and international law enforcement.

Archibald himself is a former officer in the special branch, the police’s unit for countering terrorism and espionage.

In 2014, he told Computer Weekly that the NCCU was keen on working with the private sector to help businesses fight cyber crime.

“Industry can bring things to the table we may not be aware of. We will work with the private sector within the law if the solution to an operation is something the private sector can take the lead on,” he told Computer Weekly. 

In July 2015, the NCA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with cyber security firm Trend Micro to extend a partnership on combating cyber crime.

“It needs be a relationship that goes beyond information sharing, so it includes things such as mitigation of threats and disruption of criminal infrastructure,” said Archibald at the time. 

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