Page last updated at 00:34 GMT, Monday, 3 November 2008

Firms demand aid on hi-tech crime

Man typing on computer, Eyewire
Many businesses feel they are virtually under siege

UK businesses have little faith that the government is doing enough to tackle hi-tech crime, says a report.

57% of those questioned by the Corporate IT Forum said they felt hi-tech crime in the workplace would not be dealt with properly by the police.

Only 4% of respondents said they bothered to report every incident of hi-tech crime, it revealed.

The results come at a time when businesses report that they are almost under siege by cyber criminals.

The survey of the 3,500 members of the CIT Forum, which represents technology managers at the UK's largest firms, found that 69% reported seeing increases in the amount of hi-tech crime committed against them.

'Too risk-free'

Firms were being hit by viruses, denial of service attacks and website defacements, the survey said. The variety and intensity of attacks led many to believe that hi-tech crime has been taken over by professional criminals.

Said the survey: "It has... become too easy and too risk-free for criminals to become involved in cyber crime."

Responding to a question about what would make a difference, 48% of respondents called for "consistent and appropriate penalties for cyber criminals and cross-border e-crime legislation".

'Rock-bottom'

David Roberts, head of the Corporate IT Forum, said: "IT chiefs in UK PLCs don't think the government appreciates the scale of the cyber crime threat, the seriousness of the threat or how much it's costing."

Even the creation of the new e-crime unit would not do much to improve this opinion, suggested qualitative interviews done alongside the survey.

Many of those tech bosses questioned believe the unit would not have the resources to tackle the boom in hi-tech crime.

"Business confidence in the government's ability to help them fight cyber crime is at rock-bottom," said Mr Roberts.

Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Cybercrime wave sweeping Britain
30 Oct 08 |  Technology
Bank turmoil fuels phishing boom
10 Oct 08 |  Technology
Hackers prepare supermarket sweep
28 Aug 08 |  Technology
Trojan virus steals banking info
31 Oct 08 |  Technology

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific