Police: Businesses must reveal e-crime

Police: Businesses must reveal e-crime

Summary: A high-ranking police officer has urged businesses to be open when they fall victim to cybercrime

TOPICS: Security

Businesses must tell the police when they fall victim to e-crime but are often too embarrassed to do so, according to a high-ranking police officer.

Detective chief superintendent Chris Corcoran of North Wales Police, chair of the E-crime Wales Unit and member of the National E-crime Forum, said: "We need to get a true picture of the real problem so we can start to resource it properly, start to link in nationally properly and start to take some informed preventative measures."

Corcoran said: "We can't deal with what we don't know about from a police perspective so — unless people tell us — we can't address the problem."

Police can help by giving e-crime victims advice but businesses and consumers need to come onboard and recognise e-crime is "not high-tech crime but everyday crime", he added.

The UK no longer has a standalone reporting body to deal with e-crime occurrences. Such a body did exist but was incorporated into SOCA (the Serious Organised Crime Agency) last year.

Wales set up its own e-crime steering group three years ago to begin taking action against cybercrimes and recently rolled out a management team to advise and support e-crime victims.

Corcoran added that Welsh businesses are "over the moon" about this service and prefer the personal contact and ownership a region-specific body brings.

Topic: Security

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  • And they will do what?

    If the latest reports are true, the comments by your helpful police will be "Tell your bank". It seems that the police are NOT interested in e-crime. Mind you they were never that interested in long term frauds either - too worried that the trial would go on for months and the defence would be able to totally confuse the Jury. (Not too difficult apparently) Unless there is a Judges Only Court - with specialist Judges who actually understand the technology and the problem - then there is very little point. What it needs are a few very high profile private cases where the service provider has been clearly negligent and it has cost them millions - then the others MIGHT start to take security seriously.