Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

White rose tackles world's fastest growing crime*

08.02.2007
A unique project to help combat the world's fastest growing crime will offer a free service to small businesses to protect their company from cyber-crime.

Cyber crime is a fast growing industry, with 'phishing' emails alone rising 8000 times between 2005 and 2006.** In 2004 it cost European business £14.7 billion to clean up and recover from viruses, with the average business spending £5000 on cleaning up after a virus attack. ***

The Yorkshire-Safe project will help SMEs through the jargon of IT speak and features on online tool so businesses can check the security of their systems, as well as offering hints and tips on how to avoid becoming prey to cyber-criminals. The site also features online learning modules to support small businesses in developing their own secure systems.

The website is a regional pilot and will eventually be rolled out across England and Europe. It brings together a unique collaboration of experts in e-crime. Partners include the four Yorkshire police forces, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Sheffield Hallam University, the Department of Trade and Industry, Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Yorkshire Forward and People United Against Crime.

The site is multi-lingual and can be translated into Urdu, Bengali and Polish at the touch of a button. It will soon be available in German, Spanish, French and Italian, ready for its European launch.

Dr Babak Akghar, Reader in informatics at Sheffield Hallam University and technical leader of the project explains, "Small businesses are keen to take advantages of everything that online business has to offer, but often don't know how to protect their businesses from the risks that this opens up. However, with this new site they will be able to arm themselves with the latest facts on e-security and learn about the security implications of e-business"

Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, one of the forces involved with the project, says, "E-crime is becoming increasingly sophisticated and requires new methods of policing.

"Tackling this issue requires a joined up approach, which is why I am thrilled that the four police forces in Yorkshire are working together, alongside regional and national organisations to respond to this growing problem. This is a model for the way that a collaborative approach in policing can make a real difference. "

Bill Hughes, Director General of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, says, "Cyber-crime is now routinely used by organised criminals as a way of laundering money, stealing identities and committing fraud. By working to ensure that systems are secure at every level of business we can reduce the opportunities for these crimes to take place.

"E-security is crucial to the operation of a successful business and this project has the potential to make a real difference to the businesses it supports."

* Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
** Source: House of Lords inquiry into personal internet security
*** Source: Report by Bibby Financial Services (2004)

Lorna Branton | alfa
Further information:
http://www.shu.ac.uk

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified
05.12.2016 | University of Sussex

nachricht UT professor develops algorithm to improve online mapping of disaster areas
29.11.2016 | University of Tennessee at Knoxville

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Electron highway inside crystal

Physicists of the University of Würzburg have made an astonishing discovery in a specific type of topological insulators. The effect is due to the structure of the materials used. The researchers have now published their work in the journal Science.

Topological insulators are currently the hot topic in physics according to the newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Only a few weeks ago, their importance was...

Im Focus: Significantly more productivity in USP lasers

In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.

Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...

Im Focus: Shape matters when light meets atom

Mapping the interaction of a single atom with a single photon may inform design of quantum devices

Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

Researchers identify potentially druggable mutant p53 proteins that promote cancer growth

09.12.2016 | Life Sciences

Scientists produce a new roadmap for guiding development & conservation in the Amazon

09.12.2016 | Ecology, The Environment and Conservation

Satellites, airport visibility readings shed light on troops' exposure to air pollution

09.12.2016 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>