Confidence in the government's willingness or ability to solve e-crime is ‘very low'.

 

A membership survey by The Corporate IT Forum has suggested that the formation of a new Police Central e-crime Unit may not be enough to restore damaged corporate confidence in the Government's approach to combating high-tech crime.

 

The survey found that while companies are reporting ‘increases' or ‘dramatic increases' in deliberate high-tech crime, a confidence in the ability to solve the crimes is very low.

 

Meanwhile 57 per cent of respondents said that they thought that instances of malicious high-tech crime would not be investigated properly if reported, whilst 30 per cent said that no adequately-resourced body existed to report such crimes to.

 

When asked what would solve the problem, 48 per cent of respondents gave their highest level of support to ‘consistent and appropriate penalties for cyber criminals and cross-border e-crime legislation'.

 

David Roberts, chief executive of The Corporate IT Forum said: “Business confidence in the Government's ability to help them fight cyber crime is at rock-bottom. Large businesses welcome the formation of the New Police Central e-crime Unit as a good first step – but they think it's only part of the solution.

 

“Now, the Government must pay urgent attention to putting the penalties and legal frameworks in place to deter these criminals – wherever they are in the world. Cyber crime shouldn't be treated as a special case. E-crime must be treated just like any form of activity designed to steal or maliciously damage someone else's property – as a crime – with a proper legal framework of penalties and legislation attached.”