Cutting Crime and Promoting Business Online

James Brokenshire has given his endorsement to the Government’s new Cyber Security Strategy, which sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public’s way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.  The Strategy sets out a programme of work over the next four years to bolster Britain’s cyber defences underpinned by £650m of investment.  It heralds a new era of unprecedented cooperation between the Government and the private sector on cyber security, working hand in hand to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business. 

James Brokenshire as Minister for Crime and Security has been closely involved in the development of the Strategy focussing on steps to help cut crime online.  The Home Office, which received £63m under the programme, will lead the work in the Strategy on tackling cybercrime through:

  • expanding the use of 'cyber specials' (volunteer police officers with specialist cyber skills) to help tackle cyber crime
  • creating a new cybercrime unit within the National Crime Agency by 2013 to lead on national-level cyber crime
  • encouraging the police and the courts to make better use of existing cyber sanctions for online offences; and
  • making it easier for individuals and businesses to report financially motivated cyber crime.

Commenting, James Brokenshire said:

“We want to ensure that everyone can make the most of the internet while protecting themselves from crime.  We are enhancing the capabilities of our law enforcement agencies to combat the scammers and fraudsters who seek to exploit the online world for real world crime. 

“The new National Cybercrime Unit will share knowledge and expertise across law enforcement agencies, building on the pioneering work done by the Metropolitan Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

“We are also reaching out to industry and the public to get involved. We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves and our families safe while enjoying the huge opportunities and benefits of social networking and surfing the web.”