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Cyber crime predicted to rise in 2012

Filed under: Cyber Security — Jonathan on November 27, 2011

As the end of the year fast approaches those working with the information security arena are starting to make predictions for the up and coming year and the outlook seems tough for companies trying to protect their businesses from cyber crime and finding highly trained candidates for information risks jobs may be the best approach.

The main reason for the increase in cyber crime is that they are so profitable and perpetrators are unlikely to get caught. The range of threats and attacks is on the increase. Panda security claims that 34 percent of viruses circulating were developed last year. ESET, another information security specialist has reported a rise in the number of botnets detected. This is likely to continue to grow as the use of small botnets increases making detection difficult.

Cyber criminals have the money to buy in skills and malware software and make use of false trails and disguised locations to stay one step ahead of the law. They often have global reach which again makes it hard for locally focused police to manage this form of crime.

Companies that approach IT security well are those that focus on protecting the basics and developing robust information security processes. Information security vacancies are on the rise with many businesses recognising that specialist employees with the right experience and accreditations are critical to beating the wave of cyber crime.

While having good IT security software will offer some defence, professionals managing risk and network threat are critical to survival.

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