What is the average age of a hacker? The rather shocking answer is 17 years old, but there have been reports of suspects as young as 12 being part of a cyber-crime organisation. A recent survey by the National Crime Agency (NCA) has outlined how easy it is for young people to acquire and install hacking tools from the internet.
While many young people would not dream of committing a crime in the real world, some are more than willing to steal data, vandalise websites and to take down servers. The NCA’s report has highlighted how young people are influenced into cyber-crime through peer pressure and social engineering. Seasoned criminals connect with wannabe hackers and entice them with the offer of increasing their skills in networking and programming.
Cyber-crime is viewed as a faceless, long distance crime, often without any profitable gain, which removes any remorse for the victim who has a very low risk of getting caught. However, the financial consequences for businesses can be devastating.
The British Chamber of Commerce reported a 20% increase in cyber-crime within the UK last year, which highlights the need for businesses to continually identify threats within their network, manage potential risks and keep current with the latest security threats.
What key essentials do businesses need to protect their data?
While most companies will have most of these essentials in place, they may not be reviewing or testing them regularly to identify any vulnerabilities. swcomms works with companies who want to avoid being affected by cyber-crime. Our support teams can offer your business the security and protection you need to thwart the work of baby-faced hackers.