How Victims Encourage Cybercrime

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The relative anonymity of Internet users is the key issue in managing cybercrime, according Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Russian security firm Kaspersky.

"To design a safer e-world, we need better Internet regulation, such as Internet passports for individuals, accreditation for businesses, and temporary storage of necessary requests, while there is also a need for what I term an Internet-Interpol which will see more international police collaboration on cybercrime," said Kaspersky, during the launch of an education programme in Malaysia.

He named UiTM (University of Technology MARA) as the first tertiary education recipient in Malaysia of a dedicated Kaspersky Research Centre for Cyber Security Research & Development.

UiTM vice chancellor Tan Sri Dato' Seri Prof. Dr. Ibrahim bin Abu Shah said: "The choice of UiTM as the venue for the first Kaspersky Research Centre in the nation was recognition of the strides the institution had made in shaping a student population of tech-savvy, out-of-the-box thinkers."

"As UiTM celebrates its 71st convocation, this recognition from Kaspersky Lab is much appreciated as it serves to highlight how far we have come as an institution of higher learning that can produce quality graduates who can rival the best in the world," added Dr. Ibrahim bin Abu Shah.

Kaspersky Academy

Kaspersky said more Malaysians should participate in the programmes offered through the Kaspersky Academy as a starting point to careers in the secure content management solutions industry. "With the number of cyber threats on the rise, there is a need for a wider pool of programmers from more varied cultural backgrounds."

"Cybercriminals often exhibit culturally-linked patterns in their schemes, and battling them effectively sometimes requires outthinking them through the thought processes of a different culture," he said. "Malaysian culture and Malaysian thinking may provide fertile ground for information security experts. We can learn from each other."

He said the Kaspersky Academy operated across the four main areas of education, academic partnership, science and competition to provide opportunities for young people to gain exposure to the world of information security. "Much of the coursework is self-study with online discussion and mentoring. Conferences such as 'IT Security for the Next Generation,' diploma projects, internships and part-time work placements, as well as support from the Internet security community provides additional learning and nurturing opportunities."

This story, "How Victims Encourage Cybercrime" was originally published by MIS Asia.

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