Cybercrime unit to meet IT leaders

The newly-established Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) will be meeting with UK business next week.

Feb 19, 2009
By Paul Jacques
L-R: PC Joe Swan, Sgt Thomas Neilson and Sgt Chris Smith

The newly-established Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) will be meeting with UK business next week.

Around 150 members of The Corporate IT Forum will get a chance to discuss the role and strategy of the PCeU at a meeting in Reading set for Tuesday February 24.

This event will look at the challenges presented by e-crime and electronic fraud and discuss what can be done in organisations to raise awareness of fraud and security.

Gordon Holmes from PCeU will outline the role of the e-crime unit and invite representatives from the corporate information security community to establish a dialogue between their organisations and the new unit, looking at:

•The PCeU – role and responsibilities, similarities with the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) which was amalgamated with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in April 2006.

•The state of e-crime today.

•Identifying reporting procedures and current challenges between industry and law enforcement.

On Monday (February 23) Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie from the PCeU will be one of the speakers at the Internet Services Providers` Association (ISPA UK) annual Parliamentary advisory forum on e-crime reduction.

The Government has allocated £3.5 million to the PCeU with the Metropolitan Police Service providing a further £3.9 million to fund the unit for three years.

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