The History of Cyber Security

The term cyber crime is all the same as any other kind of crime – there is a culprit and also a victim. For the cyber crime to become successful, it needs the same component of other crime; the motive, the opportunity and the means. When one can view the brief history of cyber crime we could see that the elements for the motive, opportunity and means are few, thus computer crime is less prevalent. Indeed, profit is one of the reasons, but there are some reasons like revenge for cyber crimes like DDoS attacks as well as ego in creating malicious viruses.

However, as the accessibility and connectivity has increased, the means and the opportunity have also increased. Back then, only a few people know how to use computers and there is no reason in assaulting them; the companies during those times weren’t even connected online. Since the internet nowadays is almost everywhere, the means and the opportunity has greatly increased. Now, anyone can use a computer and there are many ways to use them like networking, online gaming, and banking and money transactions

When we look back, cyber criminals were almost always more sophisticated than those individuals who are trying to deter them. And even if companies have IT security, there are only few security professionals and ms information security graduates and much fewer security tools available against threats. Today the story is almost the same, criminals may have grown more dangerous and has many ways to accomplish their dark deeds, but for some reasons the threats they pose have been greatly reduced, compared to as before.

The vulnerability in cyberspace has been greatly reduced thanks to the increased numbers of security professionals and graduates of master’s degree in information security as well as many products and methods that can be used to mitigate threats. All of these can provide better security in the cyberspace for companies.

Another possible reason would be is that the laws against cyber crime have also changed; more cyber criminals are being brought to justice. Cyber crime is treated the same as any crime, any culprits caught are punished and are locked in behind bars. However, there are some skilled criminals who can escape justice from both worlds – the virtual and physical world.

Even if companies will muster all their resources just provide the best IT security by hiring security experts and employing the use of technologies and best methods; the threat of cyber crime is still present. If the criminals are barred in one way, they will still seek other ways of entry. In the past, cyber criminals grew tired of directly attacking hosts and networks, they shifted their attention into other ways like attacking the more vulnerable applications. If the application is blocked, then attackers would target the end users of those companies via phishing, XSS or other attacks targeting the clients. They become the most suitable target because they are unaware of IT security and on how to keep every transaction safe and secure.

Any financial institution with weak IT security will fall prey to cyber criminals in just a matter of seconds, but banks with advanced security will be much more difficult to confront. But that doesn’t stop criminals; they could easily trick the clients and steal their credentials and important information needed for banking transactions. Often times, attackers would send Emails masking as security mails asking to verify important data; once the clients make the mistake of supplying the information then his account will be compromised. Employees of companies can also fall victim to the same method. Emails, phone inquiries and other techniques are used just to get the necessary data that can be used to penetrate the systems of the company. We can simply put it this way; the surest way to go through security is have someone else’s login ID as well as password.

Sometimes, the most common reason why individuals fall prey to these vile criminals is their ignorance. Some of these individuals are still making use of computers with ancient operating systems which are more prone to cyber attacks. They didn’t know that computers are not like appliances and that they needed to be updated from time to time.

The ware against cyber crime is still not won. And each side is getting better and better as years go by. Many security experts and master’s degree information security graduates would agree with this statement, “It is much better to protect the individuals and company’s information network rather being the cause of their downfall.”

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EC-Council to host highly technical IT security conference focusing on Mobile & Wireless Security

EC-Council to host highly technical IT security conference focusing on Mobile & Wireless Security

Albuquerque, NM – Nov 10, 2011 – TakeDownCon, the highly technical IT security conference series designed EC-Council which was first launched in Dallas in May, is making its second appearance, this time in Las Vegas.

To be held at the magnificent M Resort Spa Casino from December 2 – 7, TakeDownCon Las Vegas will focus purely on mobile and wireless security. This highly technical conference will feature cutting edge presentations and demonstrations revolving around mobile and wireless security, from leading information security professionals and subject matter experts.

“The world is witnessing the evolution of mobile and wireless devices turning into a general-purpose computing platform. These devices and technology has become ubiquitous to our daily lives, ” said Jay Bavisi, president of EC-Council. He adds, “As mobile devices grow in popularity, it has become more prominent targets for criminals. We hope to create a platform where critical issues surrounding the integrity of mobile and wireless security are discussed and debated.”

The success of this very focused and technical conference series, after the launch in Dallas, has been highly documented, and had earned rave reviews.

Key highlights at TakeDownCon Las Vegas 2011 include:

– Keynote speaker Moxie Marlinspike, a very well-respected security researcher who has presented many times at renowned conferences, including being one of the keynotes at the recently concluded Hacker Halted Miami.

– Advanced technical presentations from many industry experts, including Chris Eng from Veracode, Srikar Sagi from PayPal, Georgia Weidman from Neohapsis, Jimmy Shah from McAfee, Joey Peloquin from Fishnet Security, and Loucif Kharouni from Trend Micro, among others. Topics covered include highly intriguing subjects such as attacking mobile platforms, hacking android and its vulnerabilities, mobile forensics, RFID security, smartphone spying and many others.

– Pre-conference training including the world-renowned, DoD Directive 8570-accepted Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) version 7, the Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), as well as the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) program

– Highly technical and advanced training workshops offered by EC-Council’s Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST), covering mobile hacking and forensics, as well as network defense.

For more information, including a complete speakers line up, program agenda, training offerings, and registration details, please visit http://www.takedowncon.com

About TakeDownCon

TakeDownCon is a technical IT security conference series that provides advanced, highly technical research, presentations, and training to accomplished information security professionals. Designed by EC-Council, it made its debut in Dallas in May 2011, and followed by Las Vegas in December. TakeDownCon focuses on technical researches in cutting-edge exploits and vulnerabilities and also provides highly technical as well as certification training, including the renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program (a recently accepted certification of DOD Directive 8570.01M Change 2). http://www.takedowncon.com.

Contact:

Leonard Chin
[email protected]
Conference Director – TakeDownCon
Director of Marketing, Conferences & Events – EC-Council