E-crime Unit - will it or won't it?

I’ve just been to a session that discussed the future of the e-Crime Unit, which the police are looking to set up to tackle online crime. It’s been a bit of a “will it” “won’t it” story so far, but progress is being made.

Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie, who is heading up the e-Crime project, said today that it hasn’t actually got its funding from the government yet, the Home Office is considering the business cases as we speak, but she was fairly bullish that it would.

She expects to know more in a few weeks time, but can’t be 100% sure it will get the green light.

Let’s hope that’s a case of “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched” as internet crime is growing at such an alarming rate that the £5.3m the police are asking for seems a drop in the ocean to the size of the problem.


McMurdie isn’t just asking for financial help, but also for IT companies to back the scheme by offering sponsorship, through products or through secondment of employees.

I’ll track down the email address and post it in, so if you want to get in contact with the unit to offer assistance you can.

Well that’s it for me for my first Infosec…. tell you what I need now and it’s one of these – an on site massage. Sadly you have to be an exhibitor to get one of these.

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