Professional Experience

About Chris - Professional Experience

Chris is a member of the Global Inititiave Against Transnational Organised Crime Network of Experts, the NPCC Intelligence Practice Research Consortium, the European Political Research Consortium Standing Group on Organised Crime and the Society of Evidence Based Policing.

He holds an MA Distinction in Terrorism and International Crime from Coventry University and a Level 7 qualification in Professional Consulting from the Charted Management Institute and is co Author of the July 2020 report An evaluation of the UK’s Proceeds of Crime Centre by the Liverpool Centre of Advanced Policing Studies.

From January 2020, he will be running the new in MA Transnational Organised Crime at the University of Buckingham. This is a course that he specifically designed to fit in with the demands of law enforcement professionals.

Prior to embarking on his PhD, he worked for the City of London Police as an analyst and researcher in the Economic Crime Directorate policing think-tank, The Police Foundation, and as a journalist for Police Professional.

Chris has published extensively on cyber and organised crime, authoring more than 20 articles for a wide variety of publications:

Policing Insight

  • · February 2021: A nose for profit: Cocaine trafficking in the coronavirus pandemic

  • · January 2021: Brexit and serious and organised crime: Still running, but with the laces undone

  • · December 2020: From poppies to meth: How Afghanistan is changing the global drug-trafficking landscape for good

  • · March 2021: Shipping cocaine to Europe ‘a business no brainer’

  • · April 2021: Power corrupts: The future of organised crime:

  • · April 2021: Narco submarines- from fantasy to reality

  • · May 2021: Organised Wildlife crime in Africa: The Elephant in the room killing the Elephants in the wild

Academic Research

An Evaluation of the UK's Proceeds of Crime Centre, Liverpool Centre of Advanced Policing Studies- October 2020 (third author)

Chris was part of a team of LJMU researchers evaluating the POCC on behalf of the Home Office, he was involved in the planning, interview and report writing stages of the research.

SC Magazine

Five of the best resources on cybercrime for 2021- January 2021

Chris Allen, organised crime researcher, lecturer and consultant, picks five must-reads for any cybersecurity professional

A Chasm, a Comprise or something in between- SC Magazine- November 2020

There is nothing quite like Brexit to divide opinion, aside from Covid-19 it is the biggest geopolitical event since the Second World War.

Realistically, only two scenarios were going to push the UK’s split with the EU off the top spot in the country’s consciousness, the first being a global conflict and the second being a global pandemic

A new deal: opportunity or ostracising- SC Magazine October 2020

Boris Johnson is famed for his attitude to cake, that of having eat and of eating it, however the Brexit deal he is attempting to negotiate during the midst of a public health crisis is more akin to the life of Marie Antoinette, who upon hearing that peasants in 17th century France could not afford bread, is said to have uttered “let them all eat cake”.

Plenty more Phish in the sea- SC Magazine October 2020

Phishing emails, the most common form of spam email, have become as much a staple of modern life as Uber or contactless payment.

Korea criminals: how online heists fund North Korea – and what you should do about it- SC Magazine- October 2020

Chris Allen, consultant, lecturer and researcher in organised crime, digs into the rogue state… and offers some advice on mitigating your North Korean rist

We need to talk about China. Again- SC Magazine- August 2020

Chris Allen, consultant, lecturer and researcher in organised crime, assesses the extent of the threat posed by Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei – and from China as a whole

We’ve read the Russian report so you don’t have to- SC Magazine- August 2020

Chris Allen, consultant, lecturer and researcher in organised crime, examines the impact of the delayed release of the Russian Report on the world of business. Here’s what you need to know

Ransomware: the scale of the threat – and how not to pay- SC Magazine September 2020

Chris Allen, consultant, lecturer and researcher in organised crime, has seen ransomware explode in this year of the pandemic… and has a sustainable answer to avoid payment

A Business Focused Approach to Tackling Organised Crime- RUSI Strategic Hub on Organised Crime March 2019

Organised criminals are smart. Their primary motivation is profit and they will adapt pretty much anything, including their modus operandi and the commodity they trade in, to ensure a constant cash flow and expansion of their activities.

Getting Down to Business- Police Professional- May 2018

Police Professional examines the potential benefits of a research project using analysis techniques favoured by legitimate businesses to tackle organised crime

Ransomware shifting up a gear- SC Magazine July 2017

A ransomware attack which targeted business in Ukraine, Russia, Western Europe and the US has demonstrated a unique factor which could herald a new approach from cybercriminals.

According several security researchers, including Nicholas Weaver from University of California, the new strain of malware was not designed for financial gain, only to give that impression but cause substantial damage to computer systems it infected, a significant departure from traditional attack vectors.

Cyber terrorism: the next logical threat- SC Magazine- June 2017

With recent attacks in London and Manchester, terrorism has been catapulted back into the mainstream for many UK citizens.

History demonstrates that terrorism, like any other entity, is constantly evolving, with groups such as the IRA and Spanish separatists ETA notorious for their breadth of tactics.

Taking a byte out of Cybercriminals superiority- Police Professional- May 2017

Police Professional spoke to the National Policing Lead for Cybercrime to assess the area’s evolution over the last five years and how law enforcement’s capacity has changed.

Taking on cybercriminals in their own (virtual) backyard- SC Magazine May 2017

A recent report published by the National Crime Agency shed some light on the career paths of a number of young cybercriminals, the research identifies several cases that highlight that the ‘slippery slope’ theory – which argues that a potential criminal begins with low level misdemeanours and progresses gradually to more serious offences – is just as applicable in the virtual world as it is for traditional crimes.

Knowing your Onions: taking down TOR to stop cybercrime- SC Magazine- April 2017

Society’s quick and unwavering acceptance of computers has changed crime forever.

But the invention of The Onion Router (TOR) anonymising network by the US Government in the 1990s, and its subsequent public release as a way of enhancing the anonymization of the US’s own sensitive internet traffic, has now provided access to this unregulated corner of the internet to the masses.

Online cops needed to tackle cyber-criminals in their own backyard- SC Magazine- March 2017

Estonia recently introduced the concept of law enforcement web avatars, Chris Allen examines whether such a concept could be extrapolated

Stealing a march on jewel thieves- Police Professional- March 2017

As the culmination of a major investigation sees a group of Romanian criminals jailed for a series of jewellery robberies across the country, Police Professional examines recent UK trends in the crime and a new European initiative to combat it.

Facing up to reality: why nation state hacking isn’t going away- SC Magazine- March 2017

In a speech at a conference in San Francisco Last month, President of Microsoft Brad Smith called for the implementation of a ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ to protect the public from nation state hacking during times of peace. On the face of it, an international law to regulate an area which has the capacity to cause disruption and a significant death toll to the populations of entire cities is a good idea. Particularly, because of the increasingly computerised infrastructure of modern life, society is more vulnerable to a cyber-attack than ever before.

Realigning the sights- Police Professional February 2017

Gun crime is on the up after a long downward trend. Police Professional examines the underlying reasons behind this spike and what is being done to combat it on an operational level

Punitive or preventative: How to punish cybercriminals effectively- SC Magazine- February 2017

With cybercrime becoming more prevalent as society embeds greater amounts of data in technology, more research must be done to work out a cost-effective deterrent.

The rules are simple when someone commits a crime in the physical world, but when this occurs online the effectiveness of putting a hacker behind bars is questionable.

Paying the price- SC Magazine- January 2017

When you think of industrial espionage, images of agents dressed as James Bond sneaking around high rise office blocks stealing top secret documents spring to mind, but a case from November highlights the rise of a newer, more localised, aspect of this facet of cybercrime being utilised by unethical businessmen.

Past caring: a strategy to combat security fatigue-SC Magazine- December 2016

A piece of research has suggested that rather than heeding warnings of IT security professionals over the latest threats and computer hygiene issues, the public are becoming saturated with information and developing “security fatigue”, a development which could have potentially drastic consequences.

Delegating expertise: one byte at a time- SC Magazine November 2016

Blink and you might have missed it, but a revolutionary cyber security concept was quietly floated in the depths of a recent Europol report. The Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), published at the end of last month, recommended a new overarching EU strategy based on the principle of individual law enforcement agencies and their private sector partners each developing tools to counter a specific element of cybercrime and then sharing that knowledge within a circle of trusted organisations

The real deal in organised crime- Police Professional- October 2016

Police Professional examines how OCGs making millions from counterfeiting can be dismantled.

Taking out dirty money- Police Professional- September 2016

Police Professional examines the challenges in investigating international money laundering and how intelligence sharing between police and the private sector has improved the law enforcement response