October 26, 2011
According to security firm Symantec, the annual cost of cyber-crime has surpassed that of marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined – totalling in excess of $388 billion, across 24 countries. With 750 million active global users Facebook is a powerful communication tool for both businesses and individuals alike, but at what cost? The security implications and personal vulnerabilities that exist on social networks are a huge concern, and a workshop at the University of Glamorgan held on Tuesday 20th September has addressed these issues.
Guest speakers Rob Vaughan, a member of the CESG Listed Advisor Scheme, and Steve Wilson, Electric Cat (Cymru) and self acknowledged ‘security geek’, helped individuals better prepare themselves and their businesses from the potential threats.
The University of Glamorgan is one of the foremost authorities in the UK on Computer Security and Computer Forensics : Professors Iain Sutherland and Andrew Blyth are experts in these fields undertaking highly regarded research and consultancy.
Jaime Hindle, Business Liaison Officer at the University, said: “Cybercrime is a huge threat to businesses and individuals which needs to be addressed. Glamorgan are producing highly qualified graduates in Computer Security and Computer Forensics to help SMEs apply the latest technology developments to combat these issues.”