Letter: Industry can help fight cyber crime

The UK's Fraud Act may be law now, but the police still face an unenviable task to combat cyber crime. However, there are ways in which the Government can bolster its resources.

Commercial organisations are replete with IT security experts and havebudgets the police can often only dream of. Government legislation meansmany companies are required to share information that is in the nation'sinterest. Why not build on relationships in the commercial world andactively incentivise the organisations and individuals already at the"coalface" to collaborate further with the police?

The battle for a safer internet is never going to be won throughtraditional law enforcement methods. The only solution is to encouragegreater cross-sharing of information between the organisations that havebeen dealing with these sorts of threats for years. As soon as thecommercial world begins to present more of a united front, the life ofthe e-criminal will become a lot harder.

Tim Ryan, security product manager, Cable & Wireless.

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