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Police collaboration with business on e-crime to be formalised

Warwick Ashford

Law enforcement and business must work together to combat the growing threat of cyber-crime, says the UK police e-crime head.

"Law enforcement should not and cannot deal with this threat alone," deputy assistant commissioner Janet Williams, told Computer Weekly at the eCrime Congress in London.

Williams, who is the lead on e-crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), plans to build a collaborative relationship between UK police and business, starting this year.

The financial sector is to be the first industry to collaborate with police to tackle cyber-crime, with a formal agreement on sharing resources expected in May.

Sharing information across the sector on how and why attacks are taking place will enable police to develop a better understanding of the problem and how to prevent it, said Williams.

"I see it as setting up a proactive virtual taskforce that will become a model for collaborating with other industry sectors in future," she said.

This approach enables law enforcement to tap into a wider pool of technology, expertise and manpower resources than limited police budgets will allow.

Alluding to the relatively small amount of funding of £7m for the national Police Central eCrime Unit (PceU), Williams said the task demanded some "imagination and creativity".

"A combination of police, industry and academic resources can be geared to specific outcomes to send the message that cyber-crime will not be tolerated," she said.


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