Addressing Cyber Crime Problems


Cyber crime differs from drugs crime in a number of ways. One important difference is those aspects of the problem that need to be given particular emphasis. With drugs a major challenge is catching and eliminating illegal producers and dealers; with cyber crime it is achieving effective protection against intruders who wish to access computer systems illegally. These invasions can have a variety of objectives and take many different forms, some of which were described in the preceding chapter. The perpetrators can be within or outside the company. This means that companies have an urgent need to protect themselves. Important and well-tested first-step capabilities that contribute to increased security are risk assessment and risk management. This can be a major task as, ideally, it should cover all current business activities and strategic plans for the next five years. There must be a recognition by everyone in the company that information is a valuable commodity and that both criminals and competitors can be trying to secure it. Companies are advised to prepare for attacks by ensuring that responsibility for investigating problems is clearly specified and known by all staff, that external legal advisers and police have good relationships with internal management, and that there is a crisis management plan in place that is tested regularly.


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