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The threat from baby face hackers
Posted by Ash Khagram on 02/05 at 10:00 AM Security,
Protect your data from hackers of every age

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?

  • Firewalls
    Ensure your firewall is always running and up to date against the latest threats.  
  • Secure configuration
    Ensure any new devices and software have the right settings in place and are compliant for your business. 
  • Access control
    Set the restrictions for users across the business. Whether your business has 5, 50 or 500 members of staff, they should only be able to access what is relevant to them.  
  • Malware protection
    Have the latest malware and anti-virus software on your devices to stop suspicious websites infecting your network. 
  • Patch management
    Have a patch plan in place for any updates from device or software manufacturers with a risk register to ensure no vulnerabilities are created or exploited by hackers. 

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.

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Ash Khagram on 02/05/2017

Ash joined us as the digital marketing manager in 2016 with 20 years of marketing expertise from the software and engineering industry.

As a true geek, Ash keeps up to date with current technology trends and innovations in marketing. He spent the last eight years working with leading software companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Adobe etc to create B2B and B2C marketing campaigns.

Ash moved from London in 2007 with his family to enjoy the idilyic surroundings of Dartmoor and the coastlines Devon has to offer.