The government needs to produce a "framework" for its recently published UK Cyber Security Strategy if it is to succeed, according to the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
The BCS said a framework is needed to clarify for businesses and individuals where accountability, liability and redress lie when cyber crimes are committed affecting online transactions. The BCS says other areas must also be covered to support the cyber security strategy.
Louise Bennett, chair of BCS Security, said: "The strategy is a good overall vision, with insightful analysis of both the opportunities and threats. However, we would like to see some further emphasis across certain aspects that will help both the public, businesses and the profession achieve the overall objectives."
Bennett added: "While being totally supportive of measures to encourage a cadre of cyber security professionals, these need to be underpinned by significant improvement in the teaching of mathematics, and in particular computer science in schools."
The cyber security strategy was published last week and includes the creation of a new cyber crime unit that will sit with the National Crime Agency.
The cyber security strategy also outlines the creation of a new Joint Cyber Unit hosted by GCHQ, which aims to develop the UK's military cyber security capabilities. In addition, the government is introducing a single system for reporting financially-motivated cyber crime through the existing Action Fraud reporting centre.