Be prepared for cyber-crime

Lloyd, Tom
April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p14
Trade Publication
According to the latest figures from the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, 83 per cent of Great Britain businesses were victims of some form of computer crime last year. As computer use increases, computer crime is bound to follow, particularly as a lot of the crimes that were once committed on paper are now embracing modern technology. One of the reasons so many businesses suffer from cyber-crime is that there is a plethora of crimes out there. The most high-profile menace is the computer virus, and the bulk of the 83 per cent of businesses that were affected by cyber-crime last year were hit by viruses. There are, however, plenty of other cyber-crimes, from downloading illegal material to stealing confidential data. Evidex Training, was recently set up just to provide IT security training. Its courses are mainly in computer forensics, extracting evidence from a machine after a crime has been committed, but they also cover the legal aspects of forensics, and policy setting. Neil Barrett, technical director at computer forensics company Information Risk Management, says in-house staff need to know what to do. INSET: Top cyber crimes.


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