Cyber crime is a shared responsibility between businesses, industry experts and individuals, the UK home secretary, Amber Rudd, has declared.
Speaking at the National Cyber Security Centre's CyberUK 2018 conference in Manchester on Thursday, Rudd said the UK government is committed to promoting EU cyber cooperation post-Brexit in a new cyber incident classification.
The idea is to boost UK response to cyber crime, which she said is costing billions, globally.
"In the same way that shops protect themselves from burglary with locks, alarms and security guards, I expect businesses to take equivalent precautions digitally," she said on stage.
The home secretary added that companies should be putting strong cyber security measures in place to keep their customers safe, and to do this, personal cyber security needs to be something which staff at all levels are taught about.
"It sounds really obvious, but we must all remember to install the latest software and app updates and to use strong passwords. All of these seemingly small things can really make a difference.
"And if you have cyber skills, then my plea is that you're generous with them. There's valuable technical cyber expertise in the private sector which can be harnessed by law enforcement in the fight against cyber crime," she said.
Rudd's appeal to work together to solve cyber crime comes the day after she announced the government is earmarking £9m of funding to tackle dark web criminals.
Criminals into trading all manner of illegal goods and illicit services often use the dark web to do so anonymously and without detection. But Rudd wants to use some of the £50m used by the Home Office to improve the UK's cyber defences to hunt out said criminals.
How exactly that funding will be put to use has not been disclosed as of yet for "operational reasons" as they won't want to give dark web crooks a head start to get away from UK cyber authorities.
Nevertheless, Rudd will be encouraging individuals and businesses to take on some of the responsibility for defending themselves against the activities of cybercriminals.
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