Government Not Doing Enough To Fight E-crime

Government Not Doing Enough To Fight E-crime
Tuesday 04 Nov 2008 [12:01]

A survey of 3,500 people by Corporate IT Forum has shown that moral is low amongst businesses when it comes to the general perception of how the government is tackling the growing rate of e-crime.

43% of those questioned in the survey admitted that they felt that e-crime was being properly tackled by the police while a staggering 96% had not bothered to report any cases of e-crime to the authorities.

Over two thirds of companies in this report have said that they had witnessed an increase in a number of e-crimes targeting their businesses, this, in effect, puts them in a "siege" situation.

A similar proportion of the respondents to the survey said that they spend up to 40% of their security budgets on fighting cyber-crime.

A CIT forum spokesperson has said that the government should wake up and apply "appropriate deterrents and penalties" because the risk of the criminals getting caught is currently not great enough.

To put it simply, real life pickpockets and criminals have more of a chance of getting caught that virtual ones.

Head of Corporate IT Forum, David Roberts, suggested that: : "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" adding that "Business confidence in the government's ability to help them fight cyber crime is at rock-bottom".

The comments came as the Police Central E-Crime Unit has been given a budget of only £7 million to protect businesses from cyber-criminals.

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