As anyone who has seen the news recently could tell you, internet crimes are not only continually becoming more common, but they are also becoming more complex, and more serious.
While it may seem that the odds are stacking up against everyone, the reality is that cyber cops are becoming more advanced just as quickly, and there are continually evolving tools out there to protect citizens from potential attacks.
You wouldn’t have to look far to find reports of how growth in the number of internet crime reports is “explosive” or “exponential,” but one of the more recent studies to come out has painted a much better picture. In that picture, cyber cops, whether they are paid employees or merely freelance, find potential breaches or security risks, and inform companies of the vulnerabilities before any attacks have happened.
The Trustwave 2012 Global Security Report, from the large Chicago-based cyber security company of the same name, says “the good news for organizations is that the effectiveness of law enforcement to detect breaches increased almost five-fold in 2011.”
For example, over the course of 2010, there were roughly 3,000 organizations which reported a security breach. Out of all of the victims, the number that were informed of the breach by cyber cops was only 7%. For 2011, even though the total number of organizations that had security breaches slightly increased, the number of them warned by cyber cops had jumped to 33%.
The drastic increase in enforcement is mostly due to an increased focus from law enforcement agencies worldwide. According to Nicholas J. Percoco, senior VP of Trustwave Spiderlabs, “law enforcement groups are just a lot more focused now on cybercrime than they were before. We know that they really started stepping up their efforts in 2010, seizing more criminal systems, making more arrests, finding more victims, and doing a lot more victim notification.”