Commons committee calls for submissions on malware and government role in tackling it

Warwick Ashford

The House of Commons science and technology committee is calling for submissions on the impact of malware and the role of government in fighting malware.

The committee previously looked into the risks of cyber-crime in its third report of the 2010-12 session.

The focus of the scientific advice and evidence in the emergencies inquiry was on national security and events that would require a national response rather than small scale, everyday cyber-crime.

The House of Commons science and technology committee is now calling for evidence that builds on the previous work. The committee is seeking submissions on what proportion of cyber crime is associated with malware, where malware comes from, the level of resources are associated with combating malware, the cost of malware and the effectiveness of industry in providing protection.

The committee is also seeking submissions on whether the government should take some responsibility in dealing with the spread of malware in a similar way to human disease and how effective government is in co-ordinating a response to cyber crime that uses malware.

The committee has called for written submissions of no more than 3,000 words on these issues by noon on Wednesday 7 September 2011.

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