MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Recent research from PwC found that more than half of the firms surveyed expect to become the victim of cybercrime in the next two years. However, a third reported that they have no plan to address such incidents. What conversations have you had with businesses in London to encourage them to take the necessary steps to prepare for a cyber-attack and protect their customers?


Answer for Cybercrime

Answer for Cybercrime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Thank you very much, Roger.  There has been an increase in the reporting of cybercrime and it is a very important issue now, as you know.  Firms across London are anxious about it.  It is a crime type that is going up.  That is why we launched the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC), which tries to bring together everybody who is threatened by it like banks and other companies that feel threatened by crime over the internet or cybercrime of any kind whatever.  There is a big unit now in the MPS, the Fraud and Linked Crime Online or FALCON unit, which works closely with the LDSC to do that.  We have put a lot of money into it.  There are now about 300 people working on that.  They have made about 1,056 arrests and have confiscated £3.1 million in cash.


Roger Evans AM:  Thank you.  We have done quite a lot of work on cybercrime at the Police and Crime Committee because it is an emerging area of concern for the police in London and, indeed, across the world.


Would you support the introduction of a voluntary minimum standard for businesses in London that they could sign up to to demonstrate that they have done the minimum required to protect their customers’ data and to report cybercrime and so that there is a basic set of standards that we can advise everyone to adhere to?


Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Roger, thank you for all your work you have done on this.  That sounds like a very interesting idea, which I am sure this place should be looking to take forward.  I do not know whether I have much time to develop it myself, but it is a very good idea.


Roger Evans AM:  Do you think, further, that if we had such a standard, it would be a good idea for us to publish a list of the organisations that had signed up to it so that customers would know who to trust their data with when they are making a choice about the people they are doing business with?


Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  That sounds like a very good idea.


Roger Evans AM:  Thank you.