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The idea of a lone hacker maliciously tapping away in a dark room is an antiquated one. The business of cybercrime is now a multibillion-dollar enterprise with highly organized entities looking to exploit vulnerabilities and scam businesses and consumers in our increasingly networked world. According to a Juniper commissioned report from the RAND Corporation:

 

The cyber black market has evolved from a varied landscape of discrete, ad hoc individuals into a network of highly organized groups, often connected with traditional crime groups (e.g., drug cartels, mafias, terrorist cells) and nation-states. It does not differ much from a traditional market or other typical criminal enterprises; participants communicate through various channels, place their orders, and get products.

 

Today, attackers are much more efficient in their efforts than ever before, driven by the ability to work with others in the criminal underground. Left unchecked, I worry that the ability to defend against these organizations will be more challenging.

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Eight Ways to Heighten Cybersecurity

by Juniper Employee on ‎10-01-2015 06:00 AM

As our world has become ever more connected, we’ve all learned common online safety tips. It’s now second nature to use strong passwords and antivirus software; take care when connecting to public Wi-Fi; and remain alert to social engineering scams (e.g., phishing).

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