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Does IT Education Breed Cyber-Crime?

Does IT Education Breed Cyber-Crime?

Apr 27, 2007
Mary Hobson
Technology Schools Columnist

Earning an information technology degree may be important important to most people who wish to enter the technology industry. But as with any technological advancement, criminals are turning IT education to their own ends, sponsoring students who learn to use legitimate technology for illegitimate ends.

Taking a Byte Out of Crime

Successful cyber-crime depends on the fusion of criminal experience with technical know-how. Cyber-crime gangs are ensuring that they will have the necessary technical skills by paying students to study information technology degrees with a guaranteed career afterwards. The rewards may be great.

On the side of the angels, computer security organizations are working hard not only to make sure that cyber-crime is detected at an early stage, but to recruit talented IT graduates themselves. The security sector may offer a number of different computer-related jobs, and may look particularly for talented techies who have graduated with good grades. They may also recruit reformed hackers, relying on their experiences of criminal procedures as well as their technical abilities.

Computer Jobs Fight Crime

Increasingly, information technology degrees may provide the deep technical knowledge that graduates need in order to combat cyber-crime. Some universities run specialized courses in subjects related to computer security. IT programs may include ethics courses to be sure that students understand the implications of computer crime, and the effects that it has on both individuals and on society as a whole.

Of course, there is an upside to all of this if you are a law-abiding techie. Now may be the time to get qualified in information technology.

Once you have graduated, you may find that the variety of computer jobs is vast, and you may select a career area that particularly interests you. Computer security is just one of a whole range of possibilities.



About the Author

Mary Hobson is the Head of IT School at a Polytechnic in New Zealand. She also works as a freelance writer.