Is the future of cyber crime a nightmare scenario?

The likely shape of cyber-crime to come, determined by both new and evolved threats, will determine your best business defence

Cyber crime, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA) Cyber Crime Assessment 2016 report, accounted for 53 per cent of all crimes in 2015. Cameron Brown, an independent cyber defence adviser, who has conducted research into emerging trends in cyber-crime offending, warns that opportunities to earn a living through cyber crime “will propel the disenfranchised and those in lower income bands to pursue a life of crime given the low risk and potential high yields”.

Mr Brown insists that cyber crime will continue to grow into a highly lucrative and well organised enterprise, seeking competitive advantage with the aid of sophisticated cyber operations. Operations that include research and development, with cyber criminals becoming increasingly innovative as far as the threats they can leverage are concerned. Jamie Saunders, director of the NCA National Cyber Crime Unit, argues that “senior members of UK business must think seriously about ways they can improve their defences and help law enforcement in the fight against cyber crime”. And that means they must think seriously about the shape those future threats will take.

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3 thoughts on “Is the future of cyber crime a nightmare scenario?

  • September 15, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Really? Is more rise of the robots tosh the best you have?

  • September 15, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Hello Peter (again!). OK, so this comment is not so well thought out as your other one, is it? Did you actually click through and read the piece in full? The “rise of the robots” accounted for just about a paragraph from the full feature, and in context was a quote by an expert regarding how robots, in the broadest sense of the word, will increasingly account for more crime as the years roll by. So, in response, no that isn’t all I’ve got and if you go and read the full article (which I recommend you do as it’sa actually full of interesting statistics and expert opinion) I would imagine you will agree. All the best.

  • September 15, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Wasn’t expecting such a quick reply. Wasn’t expecting any reply!!!! Thanks for that!!!! I was being tongue in cheek with my tosh comment. The robots are coming to get us thing is old now, and yet it is always churned out for this type of article. I did read it though, and I did enjoy it. All apart from the robotic reference although I do understand why it was included. Keep up the good work. I have been reading your work ever since Amiga Shopper and Just Amiga Monthly which was a bloody long time ago!!!!!

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