When it comes to fighting cybercrime, the UK government has proven that it's very good at one thing: launching new initiatives to try to combat the problem effectively. The latest initiative comes by way of a government/academic partnership designed to bring together various experts who will collaborate to fight cybercrime.The initiative was recently announced by James Brokenshire, Minister for Security at the Home Office. Mr Brokenshire said that he would be chairing a meeting along with Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts to launch what is being called the Cybercrime Reduction Partnership. Beyond announcing the meeting, Brokenshire didn't give any further details except to say the project will “provide a new forum in which government, law enforcement, industry and academia can regularly come together to tackle cybercrime more effectively.” Details of the meeting's other attendees or the agenda have not been released. Later this month the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) will be launched. These latest partnerships are two on a long list of government initiatives that include the new UK National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit. If nothing else, the government's latest actions prove they are committed to doing at least something about the issue of cybercrime. Whether or not new initiatives actually accomplish anything productive remains to be seen. If each of the initiatives can effectively reach the goals set for them then there is hope that real, quantifiable work will be done.