This week I participated in a panel focused on cybercrime. This panel of experts included investigators, prosecutors, and nonprofit groups. One of the panelists described the personal shame felt by a cybercrime victim who risked having her personal information disclosed by a hacker. The hacker threatened to disclose the victims personal photos in a way that caused her personal embarrassment. In this case, the victim suffered a significant emotional impact and not just a financial loss. This is a powerful example of how cybercrime can have a significant impact beyond even just financial losses.
A few other key points were made about cybersecurity:
Law enforcement needs the cooperation of private industry to help improve cybersecurity
Some cybercrime cases are not handled because they involve complex international issues that are beyond current law enforcement capabilities.
Internet users need to maintain good safety practices and avoid becoming a cybercrime victim rather than relying solely on police to protect them.
Cybercrime cases continue to cost millions of dollars to the public and business community.
These points reinforce the critical role programs like the Norton Cybersecurity Institute play in providing training for law enforcement. The solution is effective collaboration to increase law enforcement capability. Cybercrime cases should not be rejected because they are too complex or require international cooperation. Internet users must also continue to practice good safety practices and use good security software on all their Internet connected devices to be good “Cyber citizens ” and avoid being victimized.
This week I am preparing for a cybercrime conference in Mexico and will be blogging next week about the issues related to cybercrime in Mexico and Latin America.