PostHeaderIcon Firms demand aid on hi-tech crime



Man typing on computer, Eyewire

UK businesses have little faith that the government is doing enough to tackle hi-tech crime, says a report.

Of those questioned 57% said any malicious hi-tech crime in the workplace would not be dealt with properly by the police.

Only 4% of respondents said they bothered to report every incident of hi-tech crime, it revealed.

The results come at a time when businesses report that they are almost under siege by cyber criminals.

The survey of the 3,500 members of the Corporate IT Forum, which represents technology managers at the UK’s largest firms, found that 69% reported seeing increases in the amount of hi-tech crime committed against them.

Firms were being hit by viruses, denial of service attacks and website defacements, the survey said. The variety and intensity of attacks led many to believe that hi-tech crime has been taken over by professional criminals.

Said the survey: “It has… become too easy and too risk-free for criminals to become involved in cyber crime.”

Responding to a question about what would make a difference, 48% of respondents called for “consistent and appropriate penalties for cyber criminals and cross-border e-crime legislation”.

‘Rock-bottom’

David Roberts, head of the Corporate IT Forum, said: “IT chiefs in UK PLCs don’t think the government appreciates the scale of the cyber crime threat, the seriousness of the threat or how much it’s costing.”

Even the creation of the new e-crime unit would not do much to improve this opinion, suggested qualitative interviews done alongside the survey.

Many of those tech bosses questioned believe the unit would not have the resources to tackle the boom in hi-tech crime.

“Business confidence in the government’s ability to help them fight cyber crime is at rock-bottom,” said Mr Roberts


This article is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation


Similar Posts:

The In-Content Ad Leader Buy and Sell text links Health and Beauty Store

Article Source: The Only Yard For The Internet Junkie
If you like all this stuff here then you can buy me a pack of cigarettes.

Comments are closed.

Free premium templates and themes
Add to Technorati Favorites
Free PageRank Display
Categories
Archives
Our Partners
Related Links
Resources Link Directory Professional Web Design Template