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Cyber Security and Pointers from Criminology

While cyber security may have you thinking in zeros and ones, and wondering which next generation firewall you should buy next, the human element is alive and well in cyber crime.

Indeed, it can be argued that cyber crime only exists because human beings are motivated to take or break digital assets that do not belong to them.

So, while you mull over your cyber security defence, it may be helpful to consider how criminologists view the matter, especially in terms of crime displacement, a natural result of any security strategy.

Basically, the idea behind crime displacement is that if you stop criminals (including cyber criminals) from perpetrating crime in one way, they may well look for another way. Professional hackers including teams working for governments are more likely to develop other lines of attack.