Semester-End Thoughts

Chapter One – Wrap It Up!

by Debi Ides

During this assignment/project I do not believe my opinion regarding “Fraud, Phishing, and Identity Theft” has changed. I have learned a bit more on the subject, more than anything; I have learned that there is so much more that I need to know, and learn so I can be a productive, successful IT Security Professional.

Regarding, the use of “WordPress” itself, (which was another learning experience) I had never “blogged” before and found that to be a little scary, yet liberating. There are lots of tools at hand, at WordPress, that I have not had the chanceĀ  to apply to my blog. I plan to keep updating and hopefully someday will actually have a following audience.

I am happy to have been a part of this project but again feel there is so much more to learn. With all of that said, this is just the end of “Chapter One” for me. I choose to keep searching, and learning…..which will always be necessary for me to reach my goals.


Futuristic Cyber-Sleuthing?

Will Cyber-Crime be an issue in the future?

– by Debi Ides

There will always be controversy regarding “Fraud, Phishing, and Identity Theft.” Because, these issues are human generated and sometimes affect people personally. There are many opinions and views regarding using “hackers” as security professionals, and new cyber-security threats all of the time. There is corporate, government, and “just people” in jeopardy due to these genius hackers that are most likely high-school kids or even younger! Some of who, just do it for fun, or because they can, while others have a more evil, devious plan to crash servers or completely render a network useless.

As new technology is discovered and implemented there are new avenues to hack or new securities that need to be implemented, each of these opening up a point of access to guard and keep unauthorized users out. However, this is good news to IT professionals, especially those who are educated in security and auditing; at the corporate level we are beginning to see CIO’s (Chief Information Officers) rising to the top of business ladder because of the new age of Information Technology and the need to have professional in place to guard these technologies.

These issues, in my opinion, will never go away. They will continue to escalate, as the need and use of new technology is introduced. I believe education is are best weapon against these cyber predators. The more we learn how are networks and electronic devices are breached, we are more capable of protecting these sources.

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