Government readies activity to tackle £27bn cyber crime

The Government is to launch a campaign warning the public of the dangers of cyber crime as part of a £650m drive aimed at improving online security in the UK.

Cyber Crime Internet

The UK’s new National Cyber Security Programme will fund awareness activity and develop training courses forschool and college students to help reduce the estimated £27bn cost a year to the public and private sectors. Money will also be allocated to the UK’s security services.

Unveiling the plans at a conference in London, the Government’s recently appointed Cyber Security Minister, Francis Maude, says that for the UK’s online economy to continue to grow, both it and the private sector need to instil confidence in consumers of their services by investing in measures to ensure that technology “works, is resilient and secure”.

Several companies – notably Sony Playstation – have been hit by online security breaches of late. Online crime was also discussed at last week’s G8 summit in France, while David Cameron and Barack Obama promised that the UK and US will work together to “sustain and enhance the prosperity, security and openness of our networked world”.

Maude adds that the Government needs to assure the public that it is taking action to prevent data hacking and identity theft on its own sites as it looks to move more information services online to cut costs. It is also necessary to assure, he adds, that this drift online does not lead to accusations of a “big brother state”.

Latest from Marketing Week

PLEASE SIGN IN OR REGISTER. IT'S FREE, QUICK AND EASY!

Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and inspiration that will help you develop as a marketer and leader.

Register and receive the best content from the only title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work, so we can make Marketing Week more relevant to you.

Register now

THE BEST CONTENT

Our award winning editorial team and columnists will ask the biggest questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.

THE BIGGEST ISSUES

From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we will be your guide.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Dedicated to developing your skills and helping you achieve marketing excellence. Find guidance on leadership, professional development and the latest industry jobs.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3711 or email subscriptions@marketingweek.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here