My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime Reduction (Alan Campbell) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
I am today publishing the Government’s “Cyber Crime Strategy” (Cm 7842) which sets out the Government’s proposals for tackling cyber crime. Copies are available in the Vote Office.
Cyber crime is a large and growing problem. It is responsible for a significant amount of social and economic harm, both financially and through threats to children; and is a threat to confidence both in the provision of services through the internet generally, and on confidence in the move of government services online. As the UK becomes more dependent upon digital services, so the threat to the UK as a whole from cyber crime increases.
The overarching theme of the new strategy is that there is significant scope to extend our response to cyber crime, as part of the overall government focus on cyber led by the Office for Cyber Security.
The new strategy has five key elements:
Co-ordination to tackle cyber crime across government: there is already significant work across government to tackle cyber crime. We will ensure that there is enhanced leadership to provide a clear focus for cyber crime issues. We will ensure that this work will link closely with the overall cyber security approach set out in the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy;
Provision of an effective law enforcement response: We will continue to support all of the existing law enforcement units that respond to cyber crime, and will seek to enhance their operational and intelligence functions through the development of accurate reporting mechanisms for the public;
Raise public confidence: We will strengthen the links with Get Safe Online and with the work done on the “Think U Know” programme run by CEOP, to ensure that the public continue to have accurate information on how to keep themselves safe online;
Work with industry: We will work with the private sector to prevent e-crime, through the e-Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, and through the Cyber Industrial Strategy being developed by the OCS; and
Work internationally: We will maximise collective efforts overseas—from capacity building through to strengthening multilateral institutions. We will continue to lead efforts to ensure that children are protected online and that there is good co-operation between law enforcement agencies internationally.