#CyberFLASH: RCMP seeking to double the size of its Ottawa-based digital crime-fighting unit

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From investigating a major security breach at a federal agency to sifting through tons of emails in the Senate expenses probe, it’s been a busy year for the RCMP’s national cybercrime team in Ottawa.

So busy, in fact, that the Integrated Technological Crime Unit is looking to grow. While officials won’t say so publicly, a source told Postmedia News that the RCMP is seeking to almost double the size of the 12-member team.

While most RCMP divisions have cybercrime units, the one located in National Division is unique in that it specializes in responses to security breaches involving federal departments and assists in “sensitive” investigations of national interest.

Insp. Jeff Beaulac, officer in charge of technical investigation services at National Division, said he couldn’t discuss expansion plans but acknowledged that the team is in high demand.

“In the past we would seize one computer and analyze the data, now we deal with a multitude of devices and the data examination has grown substantially. We’ve gone from gigabytes to terabytes,” he said.

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