Positive moves are expected from next week's annual parliamentary advisory forum on e-Crime.

 

Tamar Beck, group event director of Infosecurity Europe, claimed that comments set to be made by the Parliamentary under-secretary of state for the Home Office Alun Michael, and detective superintendent Charlie McMurdie of the newly-formed Police Central e-Crime Unit will be well followed.

 

Beck said: “Everyone will be watching DS McMurdie and how she sets the stage for the PCeU's initial focus. Late last year, during a debate on internet fraud, MPs urged the government to look again at the seven million pound initial funding for the PCeU, with Conservative MP Nigel Evans noting that seven million pounds may not be enough.”

 

Beck claimed that Evans' comments were echoed by Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake, who also noted that there are concerns that the initial funding will not be enough to resource the PCeU.

 

She also said that Home office minister Alan Campbell has claimed that the PCeU will be supported by other bodies under the 29 million pound National Fraud Programme. Apparently this includes the National Fraud Strategic Authority and the National Fraud Reporting Centre.

 

Since Campbell is on the same platform as DS McMurdie next Monday, it will be very interesting to see how things pan out.

 

Meanwhile, Beck said that shadow crime-reduction minister James Brokenshire, has said that whilst the Conservatives approve of the PCeU's creation, the UK is still not taking e-crime as seriously as it should.

 

Beck said: “Brokenshire said in last November's Parliamentary debate that, whilst she welcomes the creation of the PCeU, its formation is an admission that the Government was wrong to get rid of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.

 

"It will be very interesting to see how Alun Michael and Alan Campbell square up to these criticisms, but is also to be hoped that positive results come out of next Monday's ISPA-sponsored Parliamentary Forum.”