(Video) What you need to know about cybercrime

Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer discusses –  What you need to know about cybercrime

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Hello my name is Roger. Today I’d like to talk to you about what you need to know about cybercrime. Cyber criminals are becoming a major force in the digital world and the reason why they’re becoming a major force is they’re separated in three distinct areas.

There’s the automated systems run by what we call script kiddies, so the wannabes, the people who are learning how to dissect systems, or setup servers, or a long ways [0:36 inaudible]. They have automated systems that go out on the internet and look for vulnerabilities in systems and from there they then exploit those systems.

The second group is the hacktivists. They have an ax to grind. They are after a specific target and by having that target attacked, then they are doing what they are so highly prized to do. The third group is the really scary ones. These are the ones who think in ones and zeros.

They are the true hacker and if you’ve got—if you’ve been attacked entirely by them, then most of the time you won’t know what’s happening until after it’s happened because they are very clever and they are very persistent. That is the thing about cyber criminals, is they do things that we don’t expect them to do.

They exploit our weaknesses. They collaborate. They understand the importance of your personal data. They automate and target systems and they use automated systems. On top of that, even though they are after money, and trade secrets, and intellectual property and everything else, they’re also after your systems.

Because if they can compromise your WiFi, then they can use your WiFi to target someone else. If they can compromise your router, same thing. They can then use that to target someone else. So all of these things are targets of what’s happening in the real world.

Thank you very much.

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Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.