Who are the cyber criminals of today?

Cyber Security today

We are living in a digital world and our work lives, personal lives, and finances have all connected online through, mobile computing and electronic media.

From the beginning of the naval corona virus pandemic, companies all around the world have rapidly transitioned into a remote working model and have started delivering their services online to ensure their business continuity. While these trends were already unfolding before the crisis, we are seeing an acceleration that will lead to a new normal coming out of the crisis.

Unfortunately, this widespread phenomenon makes organizations and people more vulnerable than ever to malicious cyber-attacks, invasions of privacy and fraud. Therefore, cybersecurity is such a vital part of a secure and well-ordered digital world.

what is a cyber criminal?

The definition of a cybercriminal is a person who conducts some form of illegal activity using computers or other digital technology, and knowledge of human behavior to achieve their criminal goal.

In the early days there were not many tools and frameworks available that could be used to do a successful cyber-attack and attackers had to develop their own tools by writing code. So, attackers needed to have an in-depth knowledge about protocols and technologies related information technology and computer science.

the evolution of cyber crime

But with time people have made these tools widely available and by the dozens for almost anyone to find and buy online. Also, so may forums, platforms and communities have formed up to share knowledge about information security.  As a result, criminals don’t need the same amount of skills or knowledge to perform a successful cyber-attack.

That is partially why the amount of attacks and security breaches has been growing exponentially. Everyone can perform an attack on their neighbor or ex-wife without having to be a “hacker”. This also means that a lot of the attacks and malware happening is of poor construction and not always successful.

The problem is that the cyber criminals has over the years become financially motivated. Cyber crime is big money, and big money attracts skillful and dangerous people. The form of attacks done by organized crime are high level infiltrations that you don’t necessarily hear about in the news. These attacks are not driven by an intent to disrupt, but an interest to go unnoticed in order to gather sensitive information.

The information gathered by these cyber criminals are either used on site to gain leverage on the company or customers, or as a steppingstone into larger and more profitable organizations.

But do not be mistaken thinking its only enterprise businesses that are targeted. According to SmallBizTrends.com, 43 percent of cyber-attacks target small businesses and 60 percent of small businesses go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack.

So, it is imperative to always be alert, stay updated, implement tested security solutions and make your employees aware of the different threats out there. You can always share our articles among employees to make awareness and feel free contact us any time.

 

References:

https://smallbiztrends.com/2019/05/2019-small-business-cyber-attack-statistics.html

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