The cost of joining Get Safe Online

The U.K.’s National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has been raising funds for its latest Get Safe Online initiative by signing up security and online fraud experts willing to pay between £50,000 and £150,000. In return, the sponsors are “offered the opportunity to use the public sector-run campaign to drive sales and promote their own products and services to the consumers and businesses which the secure computing initiative is targeting.” A prospectus meant for potential sponsors was sent in error to, thus disclosing the arrangement. According to the document, sponsors of the program include BT, Dell, eBay, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, MessageLabs and Microsoft. Some in the industry worry that consulting only with sponsors willing and able to put up the money required might be a detrimentally narrow in approach. Others think such a scenario unlikely to hinder sharing of information within the security industry.

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