Ignorance of cyber crime dangers isn’t comic, says Scotland Yard’s Janet Williams
Scotland Yard senior officer Janet Williams has set up a "cyber flying squad" based at the headquarters to track cyber criminals.
Williams said that her team comprising 35 detectives and specialists were having significant success, but has asked multinational corporations to contribute with their sophisticated cyber defences. She said "their [MNC’s] intelligence systems are better than ours."
Williams has also warned businesses and individuals to take cyber crime seriously and be alert against such dangers, the Guardian reported.
She said, "Chief executive officers need to be personally reassured the controls and protections are in place. Intellectual property rights are very important to the UK."
"[They] need to think it through. I don’t think there is sufficient appreciation of the risks."
Williams added, "I don’t think that in the future detectives will be equipped to be able to deal with these things if they don’t understand the nature of cybercrime and I think that multinational organisations, public and private organisations, need to ensure that they understand the threats to their organisation."
Williams added that the British public needs to stop equating cyber crime as something beyond one’s reach and start learning about it for one’s own safety.
She said, "What worries me is that people still think of cybercrime and cyber-attacks as being a little bit like maths. If you go to a dinner party, someone might say that they don’t really get maths and everyone laughs and titters."
"It is unacceptable now and on that basis I have been saying to detectives that if they don’t understand what is happening with cybercrime then they shouldn’t be a detective. I really mean that."