International security organisation Ubizen believes the proposed revisions should help clear up some of the grey areas that exist within the CMA, but that there is still more to be done.
"The recommendation to increase length of sentencing under section one of the CMA to up to two years, and thus enable the UK to extradite cyber criminals from abroad, is definitely a step in the right direction," said Bart Vansevenant, director of European security strategies at Ubizen."However, there are three areas that need to be addressed if the UK is really going to make an impact on reducing internet crime. A proposed structure to integrate international computer crime laws by facilitating global collaboration would be a useful weapon in tackling criminals. This, combined with a proper public awareness campaign, will mean that scams such as phishing, are less likely to be effective. Finally, if companies are obliged to publish when consumers' details have been accessed, a culture of openness will evolve."