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The Ways Girls And Boys Get Into Hacking is Quite Different

While kids with low self-control, are more likely to hack, the ways girls and boys get into hacking could be quite different

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For boys, we found that time spent watching TV or playing computer games were associated with hacking. Pixabay

While kids with low self-control, or not having the ability to hold back when opportunity presents itself, are more likely to hack, the ways girls and boys get into hacking could be quite different, says a new study.

“For girls, peer associations mattered more. If she has friends who shoplift or engage in petty forms of crime, she’s more likely to be influenced to hack as well,” said lead study author and cybercrime expert Thomas Holt from Michigan State University in the US.

“For boys, we found that time spent watching TV or playing computer games were associated with hacking,” Holt said.

Holt assessed responses from 50,000 teenagers from around the world to determine predictors of hacking.

He said that some of the findings show how kids are raised within gender roles, such as letting boys play video games and giving girls different activities.

For boys and girls, simply having opportunities to hack were significant in starting such behaviour.

This could include having their own bedroom, their own computer or the freedom of doing what they want on the internet without parental supervision.

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For boys and girls, simply having opportunities to hack were significant in starting such behaviour.
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While most schools have computer and Internet access, Holt explained that there are still some geographic barriers for kids to enter cybercrime.

The researchers found that kids who had mobile phone access early on were more likely to hack — especially if they lived in larger cities.

Spending time with peers was more likely to influence delinquent behaviour for those living in smaller cities, said the study published in the journal Crime & Delinquency.

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The researchers also found a connection between pirating movies and music and hacking.

It’s important for parents to understand their kids’ tech-savviness and habits to help guide them on a path that uses their skills in a more positive way.

“Parents shouldn’t assume that having a kid with sophisticated technological competency is always totally fine,” Holt said. (IANS)

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Reportedly, India Receives 5 lakh Cyber Security Alerts Daily

While India speeds up it's mission to transform into a digital economy with upgraded technologies, the country faces one of the highest rates of cyber security threats in the Asia Pacific region.

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India faces one of the highest rates of cyber security threats in the Asia Pacific region. Pixabay

As India speeds up its mission to transform into a truly digital economy with technologies like 5G, the country faces one of the highest rates of cyber security threats in the Asia Pacific region — receiving over 500,000 security alerts daily — which is nearly three times the global average, a new report said on Monday.

According to a joint KPMG in India-Indian Mobile Congress-COAI report released on the first day of “IMC 2019” here, organizations need to be open with consumers about their data being collected as cybercrimes grow.

The impact of a data breach to an organisation averaged $3.9 million globally in 2018; it was around $1.83 million in India last year.

“Nearly 39 per cent of security alerts remain unattended owing to the lack of relevant skill-sets. Though there are approximately 600,000 digitally skilled employees in India, only 10-12 per cent have cybersecurity skills, while even fewer have data protection and privacy skills,” lamented the report.

The skill gap may increase further with rapid digitalization and is being cited as one of main reasons for not adopting advanced security practices and technology.

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There are approximately 600,000 digitally skilled employees in India, only 10-12 per cent have Cyber security skills. Pixabay

“Here, it has become essential for organizations to offer relevant training to upskill and reskill employees,” said the report.

To add to their burden, more than half the security alerts investigated by organisations turned out to be false. This experts additional pressure on cybersecurity personnel.

“As India speeds up its mission to transform into a truly digital economic, cybersecurity threats and privacy concerns could impede its success,” said the report.

All stakeholders involved (government, industry, consumers and regulators) should consider implementation of advanced cybersecurity technologies.

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As India speeds up its mission to transform into a truly digital economic, Cyber Security threats and privacy concerns could impede its success. Pixabay

“Considering the rising threats of the digital age, organisations need to have a comprehensive security architecture in place, one which ensures the protection of critical data across varied networks and environments, and technologies that dynamically respond to threats as they emerge,’ the KPMG in India report mentioned.

It is becoming clear that data ethics, privacy and security need to form an integral part of every organisation’s risk appetite and Board agendas to monitor progress.

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“This will require collaboration between entities that extract the data, and those responsible for ensuring that the data is used effectively and ethically,” the report said. (IANS)