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Twenty Percent of Americans Have Been Victims of Cyber Crime

By University Alliance on October 31, 2012

One in five Americans say they have been a victim of cyber crime, including bullying, auction fraud and identity theft, according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by the National Crime Security Alliance (NCSA) and McAfee, also found that one-third of respondents felt being connected to unsecured wireless networks made the likelihood they would become cyber crime victims much higher.

Another 22% said the lack of security software put them at more risk, according to the survey.

"The internet is an incredible resource for connecting with people,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA. “But as we conduct more of our lives online, we must remain mindful that there are bad actors using it to track, harass or make unwanted contact, and these criminals are more resourceful than ever."

Roger Cressey, vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, said only about 9,000 people earn computer science degrees each year, according to an interview inNational Defense magazine. Despite the need for more cyber security professionals, Cressey said, the pool of talent remains fairly limited.

He told National Defense, “"It's pure supply and demand right now. The demand has never been higher, and the supply is limited, so a lot of firms like us, we're recruiting against each other."

Getting started in a cyber security career typically involves earning a bachelor's degree in computer science or information systems. Some schools also offer cyber security certificates. Other schools focus on classes that address global cyber security issues.

Category: 2012 Headlines