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Cybercrime legislation is inadequate and ineffective

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Three-quarters of security experts consider cybercrime legislation to be inadequate and 64 percent advocate stricter action in this area, reveals a Websense study that also underlines experts’ disbelief in the effectiveness of the legislation (according to 60 percent of responses obtained in the study).

For respondents, it is difficult to comply with the law, such as the lack of resources for law enforcement (46 percent), lack of cooperation between countries (38 percent) or the lack of specificity of the legislation in force (28 percent).

Half of the respondents point the finger at the inside of the organizations themselves when they choose a major security threat (45 percent), although only 10 percent give employees responsibility for that state of vulnerability. In the opinion of 74 percent of respondents, the main responsibility for the fragility of companies in terms of security lies with management structures, while 21 percent point the finger at IT departments.

Still with regard to the main security threats, 44 percent of respondents consider that they are external and internal in equal measure, while 11 percent come from organized cybercrime and attacks from hackers the main sources of threat.

Respondents also complain about companies adopting a reactive stance on this matter (59 percent of respondents respond). Only 8 percent recognize organizations’ efforts to define proactive security measures.

The Websense study was aimed at 112 participants from 20 countries chosen from the audience at a seminar on e-Crime held in London.

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