NCC Group plc

04/21/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/21/2017 08:20

The security industry has a duty to steer young people away from cyber crime

A report released by the National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed that free and widely available tools are leading many young people into a life of cyber crime.

Based on a number of interviews with people who have been arrested or given cautions for computer-based crimes, as well as analysis of academic studies of offenders, the research found that the average age of those arrested was 17.

Ollie Whitehouse, CTO and NCC Group, said: 'Although hacking can start off as a hobby, with attacks motivated by popularity on forums rather than money, it can easily evolve into something more sinister.

'Therefore, the security industry has a duty to engage with young people to develop their cyber skills and educate them about how they can use their abilities legitimately. Hackathons, code clubs and courses aimed at school and university students can encourage them to pursue opportunities in the cyber security industry and help to steer them away from criminal activity.

'We fully support the existing initiatives from the government and police force aimed at preventing young people from being drawn into the world of cyber crime. Today's report is crucial in raising awareness of how this happens and will hopefully encourage the industry to do more about what is a serious problem.'

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Published date: 21 April 2017