Although U.S. and international law enforcement have recently made headlines for their aggressive investigation of cybercrime, IT security experts doubt that even high-profile arrests will do much to deter those who see electronic infiltration as a profitable scheme that allows them to make money very quickly with relatively little effort.
David Navetta, an attorney specialist in IT privacy and security issues, put the matter succinctly when asked about the recent arrest of six Estonians allegedly involved in a scheme that netted more than $14 million: "While this group was caught, how many other groups exist out there that will never get caught? . . . While it is important to score victories like this, is it really making an impact?"
As IT services experts know, what can make a real impact on cybercrime on the level of the individual business is the adoption of robust security policies that are both kept up-to-date with developments in the hacking world and are oriented to be proactive. Such strategies are usually multi-tiered, which mean they involve several layers of IT solutions designed to both ward off attacks and alert systems specialists to issues that may indicate possible vulnerabilities that could be exploited.
Governments can play a positive role in helping managed programs staff to meet these challenges because their investigations often uncover the ‘cutting edge’ of malware and other hacking activities. Understanding emerging threats helps the IT services industry develop strategies to fight them. Putting those strategies into actual practice, however, requires the technical skills that IT consultants can bring to a business organization.