How Cyber Crime Can Impact Human Resources
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This is a guest post by
Debra Johnson – blogger, editor
Every day, the United States and its many businesses experience thousands of attempted hacker intrusions.
With cyber crime on the rise in many parts of the world, it’s important to understand some of the motivation behind cyber crime.
Since hackers can have a negative impact on a business, it’s important for companies to have a variety of ways to reduce the risk of hacking.
In addition, it’s essential for human resource managers to understand the risks of hackers.
In many cases, breaking into a computer could prove that one had a unique set of skills that others didn’t have.
In some cases, hackers would deface websites and graffiti them with vanity information about themselves.
While hackers still engage in these types of activities, modern hacking has turned into a business.
In many cases, hackers will break into computer systems to steal proprietary business information that can benefit their clients.
For example, there are thousands of hacking attempts that originate in China every day.
Since China recently made the transition from communism to state capitalism, many entrepreneurs in this country are looking to produce modern goods and services.
Unfortunately, China doesn’t have a long history of technological innovation and research behind it.
Because of this, China will often resort to theft to get what it wants.
For example, Chinese businesses will often steal cell phone designs, vehicle blueprints, manufacturing processes, medication research, scientific research, computer technology and much more.
By copying the designs of American manufacturers, Chinese companies can benefit from the research carried out by another group.
In addition, it’s important to understand how cyber criminals will use malware and hacking techniques to steal money.
Every day, millions of people around the world use computers to send and receive important financial data.
This can include banking passwords, routing numbers and more. If a hacker is able to steal this information, he or she may be able to clear out a bank account.
Hackers will also hijack computers to turn them into spam machines.
For example, imagine that an individual has downloaded a program from a file-sharing service or other nefarious source.
In many cases, these types of downloads can contain malware and other viruses.
When an individual installs malware, it will silently set up a mail server on an individual’s computer.
That computer will then be used to send out spam to millions of email addresses.
In many cases, hackers get a commission based on the number of successful referrals they can make through a spam site.
Most spam is based around online pharmacies.
When an individual buys products from an illicit online pharmacy, he or she will send money to a private company.
This company will send some of that money to the spammer that made the referral.
While cyber crime is a growing problem in the United States, there are many colleges that are teaching students about effective strategies to safeguard against hacking.
In addition, there are many ways that a human resource manager can guard against employee behaviors that can increase the risk of a hacking incident.
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