It’s every company’s worst nightmare: handing the proverbial keys to the computer system to a cyber criminal. And yet, that’s what thousands of companies do if they don’t properly screen their new network administrators and systems administrators for criminal history or other shady dealings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for network security administrators is expected to grow 18 percent, which is faster than the current job growth. With this growth comes a crop of new cyber criminals ready to step in and take advantage of unsuspecting companies.
Not a Cyber Criminal…Yet
According to Computer Weekly, cyber criminals are already looking to compromise a company’s staff by looking through their social media accounts and coercing their compliance. About 61 percent of companies have been compromised in their security, whether intentionally or inadvertently through their employees’ actions. If these people had been screened and properly vetted, there would be a lower probability of this happening as the company could be made aware of the potential threat of hiring a cyber criminal.
Types of Security Concerns
Hacking is no longer the realm of the kid in his parent’s basement causing a bit of trouble because of a virus or malware. Hacking is big business — cyber criminal business, but still big business. Hackers aren’t the kids who bring down the grandparent’s home computer; they are part of organized crime, government intelligence agencies, terrorists, or even eastern European firms that are for hire to destroy any system for a fee. Symantec’s 2015 report shows that malware continues to attack systems. In 2014, some 317 million pieces of malware were identified. The hackers that network administrators and systems administrators are up against are well educated and sometimes better funded than they are. It’s little wonder that the very people companies hire to protect their systems are the same ones who may destroy them.
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