Let nobody say that House of Lords Select Committee reports are without influence! It seems that one of the recommendations of the House of Lords Committee inquiry into “Personal Internet Security” has been taken on board by Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari. The Committee, of which I was a member, recommended stiffer penalties for those convicted of cyber-crimes. However, Zardari’s response has probably gone just a bit further than we had in mind. He has now issued a decree backdated to the end of September that sets the maximum penalties for internet crime as death or life imprisonment.
Those people who felt I had gone too far when I called for a Sarblanes-Oxley type approach to company directors who fail to take information security seriously enough might care to note what the Zardari solution might be!