The Rise in Cybercrime and the Dynamics of Exploiting the Human Vulnerability Factor

  • Dr. Nabie Y. Conteh Department of Computer Information Systems, College of Business & Public Administration Southern University at New Orleans, 6801 Press Drive, Suite 108, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126, USA
  • Malcolm D. Royer Department of Cyber Security and Information Assurance, Graduate School of MGT and Technology University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Maryland, USA
Keywords: Social Engineering, Cybercrime, Cyber theft, Network Intrusions, Preventive Measures.

Abstract

This paper is primarily intended to firstly define and review the literature in cybersecurity and vividly shed light on the mechanisms involved in the social engineering phenomenon. It will discuss the various attempts at network intrusion and the steps typically taken in the implementation of cyber-thefts. The paper will provide the rationale behind the justification of why humans are considered to be the weakest link in these attacks. The study will also explain the reasons for the rise in cybercrimes and their impact on Organizations. In closing, the paper will put forward some recommendations to serve as preventative measures and solutions to the threats and vulnerabilities posed by cyber-attacks. Finally, measures, such as conducting regular, thorough, and relevant awareness training, frequent drills and realistic tests will be addressed with a view to maintaining a steady focus on the overall discipline of the organization thereby hardening that component of the network that is the softest by nature—the human vulnerability factor.

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Published
2016-01-19
How to Cite
Y. Conteh, D. N., & D. Royer, M. (2016). The Rise in Cybercrime and the Dynamics of Exploiting the Human Vulnerability Factor. International Journal of Computer (IJC), 20(1), 1-12. Retrieved from https://www.ijcjournal.org/index.php/InternationalJournalOfComputer/article/view/518
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