Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hackers are Easy to Train, Difficult to Motivate? As of today that is!

A 19 year old man has been detained in UK by Scotland apparently in connection with the spate of cybercrimes against US Senate, CITI and the CIA. It is commonly acknowledged that hackers are technically sophisticated individuals who do what they do because of self motivation and passion for technology. A 19 year old became technically savvy with 4-5 years of experience. Training hackers to reach this level of excellence is not at all difficult if the individual is properly motivated.

The key goal is to frustrate the development of hackers by raising the bar on technical excellence needed to crack into systems. This is a crucial requirement for a successful cloud based interconnected world.

Unfortunately this is not the case as recent incidents demonstrate that exploits were perpetuated through basic deficiencies in security measures on Internet facing systems. Most of these deficiencies are not due to lack of security knowledge but through broken IT processes, security awareness and use of this awareness, people politics and simple administration errors.

In the future if the bar is not raised, individuals currently engaged en masse in some countries specializing in cyber frauds like email scams may upward skill to the next level of Internet crime, hacking for profit or hire.

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