Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cybercrime/security: Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages and DisadvantagesAdvantages:
1. Improved security of cyberspace.
2. Increase in cyberdefence.
3. Increase in cyber speed.
4. Allows more options to save data.
5. Better response time to national crisis.

1. Improved hacker speed and ability.
2. Interconnected computers.
3. Improved viruses, malware and worms.
4. Increase in "cyberwarefare" possibly
5. More annomitty between hackers.

As the internet expands, so does the realm of cybercrime.  Said Brian Tillett, chief strategist at Symantec, “The annual cost of cybercrime is about $388 billion, which includes money and time lost.  That is about $100 billion more than the global black market trade in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined” (Gross, 2011, par. 6).  Cybercrime refers to any crime that involves a computer and a network. Generally though there are two categories.  The first are crimes which use computer networks that advance other ends that include a receiver and include fraud/identity theft and also phishing scams.  The second is when the crime primarily targets the computer network which includes computer viruses and also malware (Moore, 2005).  Cybercrime is a bigger situation than people perceive, as people do not recognize the problem until after the situation has either taken place or been resolved

Gross, G. (2011, September 14). US agencies making progress on cybercrime. Retrieved from Network World website:

Moore, R. (2005). Cybercrime: Investigating High-Technology Computer Crime. Cleveland, Mississippi: Anderson Publishing. 

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