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IT security Minister proposal by UK opposition.

McAfee : 06 March, 2008  (Technical Article)
British conservative MPs backing moves to create ministerial post to tackle the threats of cyber crime and IT security issues.
The Conservative Party has today unveiled plans to create a new post of cyber security minister to tackle cyber crime that could be put in place if the party were to take power at the next general election.

"The Conservative Party's announcement of its recommendation for a new cyber security minister is a positive step towards highlighting the need for a Government minister to spearhead awareness of the threat of online crime and cyber warfare and helps to ensure that cyber security issues continue to be on everyone's radar. Every person, business or Government agency that uses a computer or has their information anywhere in the public domain should be aware of the potential danger associated with this - the recent concern following the HMRC data incident is proof of the level of fear that exists. We welcome these steps to highlight the need for a security minister and more for legislative action at a Governmental level to tackle cyber warfare and online crime," Greg Day, security analyst at McAfee.

The announcement comes as NATO talks at this week's eCrime Congress in London about the scale of risk from cyber warfare versus the risk of missile attacks. In McAfee's Virtual Criminology Report NATO analysts commented that many governments are still unaware of the threats facing them, and some governments are leaving themselves open to attack. A NATO security specialist commented: "Attackers are using Trojan horse software targeted at specific government offices - because they are custom-written, these Trojans are not amenable to signature detection and they can slip past anti-viral technologies, so this is a big problem.
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