Cybercrime is the act of committing criminal activities using a computer or the internet. It dates back to 1820 when the first case was recorded, making the law-breaking activity long established.
Globally, billions of dollars are lost due to cybercrime, prompting international criminal monitoring and prevention organizations to collaborate with governments to combat the practice.
In 2017 only, Africa suffered a staggering $3,5Billion to cybercrime, according to Serianu, an IT and business advisory from Kenya.
“The millions of cyber-attacks that take place every year across the continent are cause for concern, particularly for Africa’s larger economies such as South Africa and Nigeria, as well as Kenya which was ranked as the 69th most vulnerable country in the Global Threat Index out of 127 nations, last year,” Ken Munyi, Country Manager at iWayAfrica Kenya told Africa.com in 2019.
Recently, bbc.com, reported that statistics from law enforcement showed over £190,000 was “lost in the UK by victims of cyber-crime”. “More than a third of victims in that period fell prey to the hacking of social media and email accounts,” said the report.
Criminals mainly target phishing and extortion, and complicating the situation is the advancement in methods used to commit the crimes.
While technics used are always advancing and becoming more and more sophisticated and complex to detect, creating a safer and secure cyber environment is the key to stemming the pandemic.
People need to know that the usually prevalent types of cybercrimes are email threats. Being aware of this ensures you make the right moves to upgrade your organization’s email security and cyber proof ability.
In our continent, organizations were prone to cyber-attacks due to shortcomings like scarcity of expertise in ICT among others.
Because tackling cybercrime is done by professionals who have undergone an academic training process, it, therefore, follows that the demand for personnel trained in the latest ICT trends and technics is ever more pertinent.
We at Botho University have a programme well suited for those dreaming of becoming experts in reducing cybercriminal activity in Africa or around the world.
An accredited qualification in BSc (Hons) in Network Security and Computer Forensics prepares you for the many opportunities in cybercrime prevention.
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