BCS believes education is key to e-crime

31 July 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, believes that the £850M promised by the Government for tackling e-crime should be focused on basic education and training of the public as a whole and not simply on "developing and maintaining cutting edge capabilities". The move comes in light of the recent publication of the Home Affairs Committee report on e-crime.

The Institute, as part of Engineering the Future (EtF) alliance, gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on e-crime earlier this year.

In its evidence, the alliance, comprised of engineering institutions and professional bodies led by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, called for a three-fold initiative to re-energise the UK approach to e-crime.

Professor Jim Norton, FREng FBCS FIET, who represented EtF at the witness session on of e-crime says of the report: “The report helps to highlight the need to implement a multi-faceted approach to tackling this issue and this includes education of the public.”

The EtF’s evidence recommended that focus should be on:

  • Education - informing the Internet user community, across the generations, of best practice along with training as to how to recognise the threats and risks to be avoided.
  • Software Quality - improving availability and knowledge of the methods that can be utilised by developers and system administrators to prevent defective software being created or used.
  • Law Enforcement - Strengthening the ability of law enforcement agencies to both capture and proactively pursue instigators of e-crime both at home and abroad, thus improving respect and confidence in the broader community. 

Read the full EtF submission to the Home Affairs committee 

Background on Engineering the Future: Engineering the Future (EtF), is an alliance of the engineering institutions and professional bodies led by The Royal Academy of Engineering. It includes: Royal Academy of Engineering working together with Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

EtF was established as a way to provide high quality coordinated engineering advice and evidence to government. EtF undertakes a broad range of policy projects, submissions to consultations and calls for evidence and topic based events.

The key partners involved in leading this workstream were The IET and BCS.

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