Police aim to prevent e-crime with targeted seminars

The Metropolitan Police specialist crime directorate is to hold a series of e-crime prevention and response seminars for...

The Metropolitan Police specialist crime directorate is to hold a series of e-crime prevention and response seminars for businesses.

The three quarterly e-crime response seminars aim to raise awareness and skills of IT security professionals, corporate managers and corporate investigators. It has scheduled three quarterly seminars aimed at the three different audiences in order to address the different needs of each group.

All three seminars will be held during 2005 and are aimed at improving companies' incident response plans for managing internal and joint police investigations, while giving an overview of the strategic threat from e-crime. The first session for corporate managers is to be held in London on 1 March 2005.

Computer crime costs businesses far more than physical crime but receives only a fraction of police resources, a report by the European Information Society Group, and the Institute for Public Policy Research published today claims.

Despite these risks, less than 1% of UK police have been trained to gather computer evidence and there are fewer than 100 experts in the country capable of analysing computer evidence to court standards.

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