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UK launches specialist unit to deal with cyber crime

The unit would would boost collaboration among law enforcement authorities following the commencement of complete operations in October 2013.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government has established a new cyber crime specialist unit to deal with challenging threats, as it says that more PC users are affected by internet criminals compared to ‘offline’ ones.

The country partially launched the National Cyber Security Programme in the beginning of March 2013 and about 19 accused cyber criminals have been arrested in addition to confiscation of £500,000 in assets.

Establishment of the unit will boost collaboration among law enforcement authorities following the commencement of complete operations in October 2013.

UK Security Minister, James Brokenshire, said the development of expertise in cyber security is expected to assist in mitigating the threat and boosting the country’s economy.

"The internet should be a source of tremendous economic and cultural growth for the UK. Cyber security should be an important part of that growth. Businesses that take cyber security seriously can gain commercial advantages from doing so. The UK can export expertise through the growth of a vibrant UK security industry."

He also stressed the significance of reporting these incidents.

"Our response should not be to create a silo’d army of cyber security experts that is divorced from our wider efforts to keep the UK secure and prosperous," Brokenshire added.

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"Our ambition should be to reach a point of maturity where our understanding of how the internet and other digital technologies can be used to cause harm to the UK are so advanced, and our response to is so effective, that conventional and mainstream structures for dealing with such risks would be up to the task."

Additionally, the draft communications data bill, which is aimed at offering the state with wider powers to supervise internet communications, was critical to assure the detection of cyber crime.

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