Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cybersecurity Defense

Almost every Internet user is at risk, rather it be a consumer or a global corporation. The increase in threats related to social networking sites, banking security, online shopping and attacks targeting users, businesses and even applications have made the Internet a potentially dangerous landscape.

Every year, cyber crimes cost billions of dollars to repair systems hit by attacks and loss in productivity because of disruptions.

In 2006, 8.3 million Americans were the victims of identity theft.

In the first half of 2009, there were more than 40,000 cyber attacks against the Department of Defense. According to Brig. Gen. John Davis, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations, Defense Department, these attacks cost the Pentagon more than $100 million to clean up.

And according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), consumers and businesses lost $5.8 billion in 2009 due to cyber crime, and more than $100 million from US banks.

The FBI has a department dedicated to investigating high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, computer intrusions, online predators, piracy and cyber frauds.

On their site, they provide a great deal of information regarding protection and security, past cyber crime cases and the types of threats and scams.

Knowledge is a key opposition to cybersecurity threats. Follow this link to read examples of scams.

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