PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has hired the former head of the central e-crime unit at the Metropolitan police as its senior crime adviser.

Charlie McMurdie set up and led the Police Central e-crime Unit, which was responsible for cyber-crime investigations that have an impact on the UK. It has since been moved out of the Met and brought under the control of the National Crime Agency, which is due to launch in October.

McMurdie will work across PwC's Forensics, Risk Assurance and Legal services cyber security teams and will lecture on cyber security matters at a variety of UK universities.

"I am delighted to be working alongside the skilled professionals in PwC's cyber security practice. PwC has a proven track record helping organisations to tackle the complex and sophisticated threats posed by cyber criminals," said McMurdie of her appointment.

"Operating securely in the cyber environment is an urgent issue facing business leaders today. If organisations are going to combat the incredible resourcefulness and ability of the attackers they must understand the risks they face and put into place the necessary processes and policies to respond adequately."

In similar news, a Home Affairs Select Committee has stated that the UK is losing the war on online criminal activity and that the government is too complacent in targeting cyber criminals.

MPs recommended that a dedicated state-of-the-art espionage response team be established so that British companies, media, and institutions can immediately report an attack and effective action be taken.