There are times when I wonder whether our government is genuinely scared of technology. Despite the fact the Home Office decided to cut police funding by £100 million last year, it's still scared enough of the dark web to set aside £9 million in dedicated funding designed to tackle the underground world of online crime.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd is expected to announce this new funding tomorrow at the National Cyber Security Centre conference in Manchester, utilising £9 million of the £50 million set aside to bolster the UK's cyber defences. A further £5 million will also go towards tackling cybercrime on a local level. Her speech is set to say:
"A dark and dangerous place where anonymity emboldens people to break the law in the most horrifying of ways. A platform of dangerous crimes and horrific abuse. A sickening shopping list of services and products are available.
So today I'm pleased to announce that we will be giving over £9m to enhance the UK's specialist law enforcement response. They will use this money to help combat the criminals who continually exploit the anonymity of the dark web."
How the money is going to be put to use hasn't been revealed, though any information released before the fact is only going to give crooks a head start and work around whatever it is he police are up to. Because they will, and it probably won't take them very long if they put their minds to it. Rudd will also be encouraging businesses and people to take responsibility for their own digital security:
"In the same way that shops protect themselves from burglary with locks, alarms and security guards, I expect businesses to take equivalent precautions digitally. The world of cyber is fast-developing and we need a fast-developing response to match - one that recognises that it is the responsibility of everyone in the UK to fight the evolving threat."
It depends what she means by protecting themselves. Obviously you can't expect businesses that aren't tech-oriented to keep on top of things moving so quickly, but then again they can't expect to ignore cybersecurity and not suffer the consequences. [The Inquirer]