Labor promises to tackle cyber crime

Mark McGowan.
Mark McGowan.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the funding, spread over five years, would help the centre train more experts, and develop technology to protect businesses and individuals from cyber crime.

‘ECU estimates that incidents of cyber crime intrusion and attack have doubled in Australia over the past two years, with 39 per cent of Australians suffering cyber theft and more than one-fifth of businesses hurt by breaches of cyber security,’ he said.

‘WA Labor is committed to not only supporting cutting-edge research into cyber crime, but also helping tackle one of the rapidly growing areas of crime.’

Mr McGowan said the institute had helped police solve two murders and a credit card scam.

Institute director Craig Valli welcomed the announcement.

‘We assist police with technical investigations and digital forensics like looking at devices that may have been used in the commission of a crime,’ he said.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the Liberal Party’s focus was on tackling high volume crime.