No business is likely to own up to hacks or other crimes against it if it fears finding itself on the front page of Computer Weekly. The publication of the charter means this is no longer a possibility. The charter also guarantees that equipment will not be confiscated for forensic testing, meaning that reporting a crime need not impact upon businesses' working practices.
Now that the High-Tech Crime Unit has made these concessions, businesses must oblige by being more forthcoming about the systems compromises they suffer. Only by obtaining reliable statistics on the extent of cybercrime will the police be able to secure adequate funding for their fight against the cyber criminals.
This was first published in December 2002