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Cyber related offences included for the first time in ONS crime figures

Cyber related offences included in ONS crime figures

Paul Taylor, UK head of cyber security at KPMG, comments on the cybercrime inclusion in the ONS crime stats.


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Paul Taylor said: “The cybercrime and fraud statistics in the latest ONS crime survey are deeply concerning, but not surprising. More than half of the 3.8 million incidents of fraud against the individual are cyber related, with a further 2 million incidents of computer misuse, hacking and viruses. It’s clear that crime is becoming cyber enabled as our world becomes digital. Greater transparency around the scale of this problem is vital, helping set the national priorities for law enforcement resources, and underlining the need for industry and government to work together to combat this growing menace.”

Cybercrime is already a key concern for business leaders. The recent joint BT KPMG report, Taking the Offensive: Working together to disrupt digital crime:

  • 89 per cent of IT decision makers expressed concern about an assault by organised crime consortia
  • 22 per cent of IT decision makers said they were fully prepared to combat security breaches perpetuated by cyber crime



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