Senior IT directors back call for tougher cybercrime laws

Senior IT directors and managers have backed Computer Weekly's campaign to review the UK's cybercrime laws.

Senior IT directors and managers have backed Computer Weekly's campaign to review the UK's cybercrime laws.

Research conducted at last month's IT Directors Forum found that that 86% of IT directors and senior IT managers believe that current UK computer crime legislation is either "not very effective" or "not at all effective".

The computer crime laws have not been reviewed in the UK since the creation of the Computer Misuse Act in the early 1990s, and they do not take account of Internet-based problems such as denial of service attacks, which can disrupt business-critical Internet-based systems.

Just two of the 391 respondents said they think the current legislation is "very effective", while 53 considered it to be "quite effective".

However, the 336 IT chiefs who believe the law is not effective provide a clear mandate for Computer Weekly's Lock Down the Law campaign, which aims to persuade the Government to move IT security legislation up its political agenda and to make the Computer Misuse Act a more effective deterrent for computer criminals.

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