Whilst yet to make the big headlines, the full picture of online crime represents a fundamental challenge to all businesses, governments and our daily lives. In the all-encompassing digital age, information security as a profession and as a way of life is vital to ensuring both our economic prosperity and our sense of safety, privacy and freedom.
The abundance of data not only makes us more vulnerable to cybercrime, it also leaves the door open for companies to use the date in ways we never dreamed of. For instance, insurance companies might charge some customers more than others as they are perceived to be higher risk based on the data available.
There has been a lot of debate recently about how much information we should give away online. Just a couple of weeks ago, Cabinet Office Internet security chief, Andy Smith, publicly suggested that we should use fake details online in order to protect our security. But is this really the right approach to staying safe online?
Forget what you think you know about the cybercriminals who prowl corporate networks looking for customer data and intellectual property to steal. These days, they're less likely to be introverted teenage malcontents skulking in darkened bedrooms and more likely to be hardened criminals, operating as part of an organised gang.