Businesses call for police cyber crime unit

Businesses call for police cyber crime unit
Businesses call for police cyber crime unit,3800003161,39168731,00.htm 

By Andy McCue
8 October 2007

UK businesses are calling for a dedicated national police unit to deal 
with the growing computer crime threat posed by hackers and 
international gangs of criminals.

Organisations must currently report any attacks on their network or data 
to local police computer crime units and there is concern at the lack of 
co-ordination since the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit was essentially 
disbanded in 2006 and rolled into the Serious Organised Crime Agency 

There is now no central body to collect and monitor national cyber crime 
statistics and the Metropolitan Police Service admitted earlier this 
year that local police computer crime units are being overwhelmed by the 
growing scale of this type of crime.

Members of's CIO Jury panel of IT users have now joined 
calls for a centralised police computer crime body.

Simon Honey, head of business protection at investment bank Mitsubishi 
UFJ Securities International, said: "The Home Office has not invested 
enough into training police officers in the area of cyber crime as they 
have the impression that big businesses should be able to look after 

He added: "The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit performed a very good service 
which is now lost."

Because Soca only deals with major computer crime incidents, the danger 
is that smaller-scale ones will fall through the net, according to David 
Supple, director of IT and creative services at Ecotec.

He said: "The police will probably end up treating minor e-crimes in the 
same manner as real life minor crime - their resources simply won't 
stretch that far and only the big headline crimes will be followed 
through to prosecution."

But Nicholas Bellenberg, IT director at publisher Hachette Filipacchi 
UK, said there are already plenty of private sector IT security and 
computer crime investigation companies out there for businesses to turn 

He said: "I think there are credible private sector security companies 
who would be a first port of call to investigate if this was a concern. 
As with other instances of commercial crime, how they are then dealt 
with depends on the impact to the organisation. Much more occurs than is 
made public by pursuing prosecution through the courts."

The Metropolitan Police Service is also pushing for a national computer 
crime unit that would act as a central co-ordinator for police forces 
across the country.

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