Security certification body, Crest, and the National Crime Agency (NCA) have called on the UK industry to help support initiatives aimed at recruiting technically talented people into IT and IT security as an alternative to cyber crime.
Crest is collaborating with the NCA on knowledge and resource sharing to further the aims of the agency’s Prevent campaign, as part of the certification body’s social responsibility programme.
The campaign by the NCA’s National Crime Cyber Unit is aimed at raising awareness of the consequences of cyber crime as well as the benefits of a career in cyber security.
The NCA believes it is possible to encourage youngsters to use their skills and knowledge for good rather than criminal activities.
It is one of the first joint initiatives aimed at promoting a closer relationship between law enforcement and the security industry.
The NCA said many youngsters who become involved in cyber crime become socialised into it through interactions with others in gaming and coding forums.
The NCA believes most youngsters involved in cyber crime are self-taught and driven by the urge to learn things such as game cheats.
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