By Gemma Simpson
19 July 2007
The UK needs a reporting body to deal with e-crime occurrences,
according to a group of senior IT chiefs.
Companies which have fallen foul of e-crime attacks must report any
incidents to the local police, who may not always understand what - for
example - a DDoS or phishing attack is.
David Roberts, chief executive of Tif, the Corporate IT Forum, told
silicon.com there is a need for an organisation that businesses can talk
to: "At the moment, there isn't anywhere a large or small corporate can
go to find somebody who can understand the [e-crime] issue and has the
authority to do something about it."
Roberts said there is not even a body that can bring together
organisations that are under threat or experiencing regular threats and
coordinate efforts to identify and resolve e-crime incidents.
Without an e-crime body matters will just get worse, according to
Roberts, who said: "The large corporates will just have to continue to
put in ever stronger defences and be subjected to more frequent
The UK did previously have such an e-crime body, the National Hi-Tech
Crime Unit (NHCTU). But last year the NHCTU was rolled into the Serious
and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Roberts added the UK needs the return of the NHTCU, or a similar
organisation that understands e-crime, has an international remit and
has the authority to do something about electronic crimes.
SOCA said the NHTCU has become the core of the e-crime unit of SOCA,
with an expanded remit and greater resources. A SOCA spokesman told
silicon.com: "The reporting structure has not changed. In exactly the
same way as happened under the NHTCU, a business that has fallen victim
to an e-crime should report the matter to the police."
The SOCA spokesman added: "SOCA e-crime has taken the private sector
relations built by the NHTCU and developed them into a core part of its
strategy. We liaise closely with business communities on a sector by
sector basis, and will be seeking to increase both the extent and depth
of this relationship, as well as joining up the work of key contacts
from the world of law enforcement, both nationally and internationally."
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