Cybercrime costs the global economy $338bn - that's more than drug crime, AND has replaced terrorism as the number 1 threat to the US economy. Norton, the anti-virus maker, reports that cybercrime is costing the global economy $338 billion a year, overtaking a still a lucrative trade in the underground drugs market. For every second that goes by, 19 people worldwide fall victim to some form of online crime, most commonly social network hacking and credit card fraud. The report found a growing threat from cybercrime on mobile phones. Ten percent of adults online have experienced cybercrime on their mobile phones and the number of reported new mobile operating system vulnerabilities increased from 115 in 2009 to 163 in 2010.

"There is a serious disconnect in how people view the threat of cybercrime," said Adam Palmer, Norton lead cybersecurity advisor. "Cybercrime is much more prevalent than people realize. "Over the past 12 months, three times as many adults surveyed have suffered from online crime versus offline crime, yet less than a third of respondents think they are more likely to become a victim of cybercrime than physical world crime in the next year," Palmer said.

Data theft alone is an immeasurable crime, hitting people more personally than financially, in many cases. It may fall down to a social networking breach or the old fashioned identity theft; the losses cannot be weighed in dollars or economic losses because data is an invaluable resource and commodity in the modern world. And, with more devices rolling off the manufacturing line into the shops, there is a far greater scope and points of penetration than before. Along with the still developing NFC technology to allow cashless payments under a certain limit, mobile devices are increasingly becoming our mobile wallets, for applications and games, music and video content. Organized cyber crime is replacing terrorism as the number one threat to the American nation, says the FBI chief Robert Mueller. The bureau is preparing to battle internet-based aggressors with recently created cyber-squads policing the web. Mueller had to admit to security experts that flocked to the conference that no company or organization could be immune to cyber threats. And as the roll of spoils of the cyber war grows longer, America’s top cop has to head for help to private sector cyber security experts. Mueller shared his hope that high-tech companies could give the authorities a hand, because sometimes private sector security experts see threats just as they emerge. Only joint efforts by police, intelligence and private companies are capable of combating cyber attacks, he said.

“We must use our connectivity to stop those who seek to do us harm,” he said.

This growth in cyber crime has resulted in Cyber Security becoming the number one career opportunity in the global economy.

How can you take advantage of the opportunities to develop your career in Cyber Security?

We asked Jenrick IT's Head of Business Development, Miriam Lee, for her advice...

"Get Certified!"

Security-related certifications are a prerequisite for most commercial cybersecurity jobs and all defense-related IT security jobs. These credentials range from basic CompTIA Security+ to the gold standard ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

"Join the military or the feds" (to use a bit of US-terminology)

Most companies prefer to hire cybersecurity experts with experience in the military or law enforcement agencies.

"Learn SAML"

The issue of information security, identity and access management in the cloud is a major concern for many companies, who are deploying software-as-a-service applications such as Salesforce and Concur to complement their enterprise applications. They are looking for employees who understand how to extend their directory services to control access to cloud applications. Further Information Jenrick IT currently has a team exhibiting at DSEI 2013, so please come and visit them at stand S9-300. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the latest cyber security career opportunities please contact Jenrick IT on 01932 245 500 to speak to our exeprienced cyber security recruitment team. Source: Source: Image: courtesy of