Governments don't understand Cybercrime
Nov 15, 2007 Comments (0)
Toronto-based market analysis firm International Perspectives said in its study, "Countering Cybercrime: It's Everyone's Responsibility," that for many people forming an understanding of what cybercrime really is has proven elusive.
This lack of familiarity with the topic has led many to do nothing to counter the threat. According to the study, the avoidance of responsibility plagues individuals, industry, corporations and governments alike. Instead of taking steps to counter cybercrime, many opt to shift the responsibility and ultimately blame onto someone or something else.
The study pointed out that such irresponsibility can manifest itself in individuals who store user passwords on notepads beside desktop computers to companies marketing products as completely secure when that is not the case to politicians who ignore the topic due to a lack of understanding.
The study recommends education around issues in cybercrime and security must be increased and new programs need to be implemented and existing ones reassessed.
The study also emphasised the need to integrate security into software development at higher levels is absolutely necessary to counter cybercrime in the long-term. For governments, the study emphasised creating an oversight body for technical matters in security and investigations and establishing a separate agency to deal with cybercrime.