UK sets up global cyber-crime body

Non-profit designed to unite governments, businesses, law enforcement to fight cyber-crime

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UK sets up global cyber-crime body An international body to fight global cyber-crime, called the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, has been set up in London.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 6, 2011

An international body to fight cyber-crime on a global scale, called the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) has been set up and launched in London.

The new cyber-crime body is designed to unite governments, international businesses and law enforcement agencies, including Europol to fight cyber-crime. Internet security firms, McAfee and Trend Micro and Visa have also signed up.

"Our government has already injected an additional £650m to help improve our national infrastructure and protect against cybercrime, but the very nature of this threat calls for more than a national response; it demands a truly global response and that is what the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance is all about," UK prime minister David Cameron told the BBC.

The new non-profit organisation will be chaired by former UK home secretary David Blunkett, and will also be investing in training people how to detect and deal with cyber-crime, as well as building an international exchange of expertise.

"ICSPA's goal is to improve international law enforcement capability and capacity to help protect businesses and their customers against this unprecedented threat," Cameron said.

Funding for the ICSPA is expected to come from the EU and a number of governments.

UK Crime Prevention minister James Brokenshire said that the internet has brought great opportunities for people across the globe, but it has also allowed criminals to operate across national boundaries.

"Cybercrime is a truly global problem and to tackle it we need strong partnership between countries and across private and public sectors," he said.

The UK government said in 2010 that cyber-crime will be one of the greatest global threats.

The ICSPA will not only help the UK and Europe, but will also deal with countries that need assistance, such as China.

Europol, the European law enforcement agency, will form a strategic partnership with the ICSPA.

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