As UK Violent Crime drops, UK Cyberspace Crime Increases…

Recent studies from the Institute for Economics and Peace concludes that murder and violent crime rates have fallen more rapidly in the UK over the last 10 years than in many other Western European countries.

Good news like this doesn’t come along often enough and, as we all relax in the knowledge that we’re living in a safer environment, what of the threats that we cannot see or feel?

We rely on government to strategically manage law and order, and through decision making, legislation and policies are translated into methods to manage our security and safety through the police force and the law courts.  At the heart of all this is the process and flow of data and information.

But what about the threat to government?  Violence is always a short term way to cause mass disruption but often the most catastrophic threat is the threat that enters via the back door.  This is the threat that often cannot be seen until it’s too late and involves the vulnerability of data and consequently homeland security.

Governments could potentially be brought to their knees by organized cybercrime and with it the countries they govern.  With cyber attacks on the increase, targeting government systems and IT infrastructure is an uncomfortable reality.

Talking at Infosec 2013, Adrian Price MoD Head of Information Security, acknowledged the government needs to work more closely with industry and academia to ward off the increasing threats from cyber attacks.

The government is making efforts to counter these threats by minimizing their exposure and consequently vulnerability to such attacks and reducing the disaster recovery time in the event of an attack.

Clearly this is a call–to-arms for businesses to work in partnership with the government.  Technologies do exist to authenticate, protect, encrypt, manage, comply and archive data.   The solution requires a multi-layered approach based on the recognition that information, infrastructure and interactions all require protection.

What we really need to be reading about is the drop in statistics for both violent crime and cyberspace crime.  Cyber attacks on government IT infrastructures could ultimately, and at worst, result in anarchy – in which case violent crime would once again rise.

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