The idea of creating appointing a “cyber Czar” to oversee the UK’s fight against digital crime has gained some support, after a week of criticism.

MP Mark Pritchard used a debate in the House of Commons last week to call for the creation of a unified cyber-security agency to he headed by a “Czar” figure to protect the country’s computing infrastructure.

The job of cyber security is currently managed by a number of government agencies, most prominently the National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre (NISCC) and the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), both of which were quoted in a ZDNet story as being against the idea.

The Government also has an e-government head in the form of Ian Watmore, former UK managing director of Accenture, who operates under the auspices of the Cabinet Office.

Daniel Mothersdale, EMEA marketing director for Webroot Software, was interested in the proposal. “We would be supportive of a discussion on having a cyber Czar,” he said. “We would very much support the idea.”

He praised the work of government organisations in tackling the digital crime challenge, but saw value in having a national body that integrated and added to all of these functions.

Likewise, Graham Cluley of Sophos was also positive about the idea. “So long as awareness is raised, and red tape isn't increased, I can see that having one guy who is responsible for these things may be useful,” he said.

“Although I found it amusing that anyone responsible for cyber-security should be called a "czar" - isn't that cold place where the cyber-criminals come from? - I do think it could have some advantages.”

Other sources have suggested the idea will meet resistance from government security agencies as they will see it as overlapping with their own areas of responsibility.

For their part, security vendors are not going to want to antagonise government agencies such as the widely criticised NISCC, because of the influence they wield.