Cyber Crime V/S Cyber Security: What will you choose?

It’s not very uncommon for young people and teenagers to get involved in cyber-criminal activities at an early age. Without realizing the consequences of their actions, some do it for fun – but guess what, the penalties can unimaginably be severe. Cybercrime is not a victimless crime and is taken tremendously seriously by law enforcement. When minors turn out to be involved in cyber-crime, they often have owned an array of skills that could also be worked to a positive use. For instance, skills in gaming, computer programming, coding, cyber-security or anything related to IT are in fact in high demand and there are several professional careers & opportunities available to anyone with IT talent and an interest in these specific areas.

Let’s get to know the relation between cyber-crime and cyber security.

Cyber-crime is a crime that incorporates the usage of computer devices & the Internet. It can be committed against an individual, a cluster of people or even government and private organizations. Generally, it is intended to hinder someone’s reputation, create physical or mental harm or to gain benefit from it.

Cyber security is a practice to protect computers, programs, networks, personal data and more from unauthorized entree and threats. It’s an activity by which information and various other communication systems are secure and defended against the unauthorized usage, modification or exploitation of the device. In other words, Cyber security is also known as information technology security. It involves the techniques of protecting computers, programs, networks and data from unauthorized availability or attacks that can create damage to them or exploit them in any way for that matter. Hence, cyber security is a vital technical approach to secure systems from these attacks.

How do you differentiate between Cyber Security and Cyber Crime?

There are certain aspects, based on which cyber-crime and cyber security can be differentiated. Here they are:

–   The type of crimes: In cyber security, the kind of crimes take place where a computer software, hardware or network software, is the chief target (such as ransomware, worms, distributed denial of service-based attacks, viruses etc.)
In Cybercrimes, the crimes arrive from where an individual/group of individuals and their data is the main target. Moreover, governments & various entities could be the potential targets of cybercrimes as well (such as cyber-bullying, hate-speech trolling child-trafficking, hate-speech trolling etc.)

–  Victims: Victims in these two fields are different as well. in cyber-crimes, the range of victims is broad. For example, victims can extend from individuals, families, organizations, corporations and governments. Whereas in cyber security, victims are comparatively rather narrow, such as governments and corporations

–  Region of Study: In this case, both the fields are studied in different areas. For Cyber security, It is dealt under computer engineering, information technology and computer science. For instance, coding, networking and engineering strategies are used for turning networks more secure.

Hence, cyber security is all about defending government, organizations & corporate networks, proposing to make it challenging for hackers to discover weaknesses and exploit or threaten them. On the other hand, Cybercrime, tends to emphasize more on individuals & families online. It is highly demanded that the top leaders of an organization or government should invest in the cyber security measures & channels to make it stronger and more impenetrable.

Best Cyber security predictions for 2020!

As innovation bursts into every area of our day to day lives, cyber-security is proving to be the glue that can facilitate the good & disable the bad for executing cutting-edge innovation along with reducing risks from previously prominent vulnerabilities as well.

So, are you wondering like what are the chief threats for the coming year? What solutions will be most significant? What information breaches or ransomware attacks or other various threats will trigger the most harm?

Well, let us give you more details on this! There are so many ways that you and your company can benefit from by studying these predictions and implementing the following recommendations.

Open Source Security Grasps Hold

The security sector has left behind the rest of the tech-industry when open-source is taken into consideration. We at Stratign predict that it will change drastically, and the year 2020 will be the one where security embraces open source with open arms. Back in those days, back, a couple of bold moves were seen by security heavyweights, this year that indicative change is afoot. Yes! This includes the ‘Google and friends’ introducing a new open source project, called OpenTitan, that confronts silicon root of trust (RoT).

Pushing to the Edge

Security needs to be present anywhere & everywhere. It’s required to be distributed, and be in proximity with cloud services, end users, and various other billions of devices that are spread all around the world to make high-bandwidth & low-latency connections feasible. Else, there will be a tradeoff betwixt performance and security.

Considering all of this, it indeed makes sense that some innovative vendors are utilizing top edge infrastructure to support & upkeep their security platforms & services. We witnessed some security vendors asserting towards the edge this year which includes Netskope with its NewEdge infrastructure along with Forcepoint’s Web Security platform too.

Ai to Speed Security Response …and Attacks

Humans can just not keep up with the profusion of emerging threats amidst multiple clouds, workloads & devices. As rightly quoted by Check Point in a blog post about its 2020 cybersecurity predictions, artificial intelligence (AI) has the ability to accelerate the identification of & response to threats, but what’s more? Cyber-criminals are as well beginning to take leverage of the same techniques to aid them investigate networks, discover vulnerabilities & develop the ever-more evasive malware.

5G Security Finally Gets Real

As major 5G network operations roll-out in 2020, 5G security will definitively take the center stage & these intricate networks pop up new attack vectors & need organizations to secure a big bunch of network assets. Basically, the infrastructure needed to roll out & manage the latest 5G networks required a more complex, software-defined architecture than older communication networks. With this new architecture, services will function within a more complex environment with a stronger & broader attack surface that needs more security diligence when it comes to the service providers.”

All-in-all, we at Stratign believe, that effective cyber-preparedness is about more than technology as it strongly requires the right processes and people to protect data from several attacks & unauthorized access.