Do You Have a Cybercriminal on Staff?

Sue Marquette Poremba

When we hire employees, we like to think that they are all honest, trustworthy, and loyal. Of course, the sad reality is there are company employees who are doing more harm than good for the business.


But how do you know if someone within your company is a cybercriminal?


Deb Shinder, a former police officer and now an IT professional and writer, wrote a fascinating article that examines the profile of a typical cybercriminal. In the piece she lists some signs to look for in employees who may be engaging in cyber crime, including:


  • Refusal to take time off from work or to let anyone else help with his/her job, lest they uncover what's been going on.
  • Attempts to avoid formal audits.
  • A lifestyle far above what would be expected on the person's salary with no good explanation for the extra income.


Obviously, a lot of employees will fit some of these descriptions -- after all, there are a lot of people who are afraid to take time off from work or share duties in the current job climate, just as there are those who prefer not to disclose a secondary income. But if coupled with questionable network use -- which should be monitored -- these signs could serve as a red flag that a cybercriminal may be in your midst.

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