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Managers give crime initiative thumbs down

Minister Patricia Hewitt's £15m initiative to combat computer crime in the UK got the thumbs down in this week's Big Question.

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Minister Patricia Hewitt's £15m initiative to combat computer crime in the UK got the thumbs down in this week's Big Question.

Mike Simons

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Minister Patricia Hewitt's £15m initiative to combat computer crime in the UK got the thumbs down in this week's Big Question.

When comparing the UK effort to a $2bn project launched in the US, just 8% of respondents thought the UK Government was doing enough to combat computer crime, while 77% want greater effort from ministers.

One IT manager said, "The threat of computer crime increases with the nation's use of the Internet, yet we are still treating it as an 'anorak' issue."

Another said, "The concentration is very much on scare stories, when the emphasis should be on promoting good software and infrastructure."

One of the few who disagreed said, "The role of government is not to force companies or individuals to take care of their assets."

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