5 Misconceptions About Cybercrime

New Book by University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Adjunct Professor Richard A. White Takes Readers on a  Wild Ride-along into the Psyche and Motivations of the Cybercriminal

Last year, the global cost of cybercrime exceeded $600 billion, according to recent research by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS.) Their report, “Economic Impact of Cybercrime — No Slowing Down,” attributes the upswing to a variety of trends including cybercrime as a service, the rise of ransomware, the proliferation of new crypto-malware strains and the escalation of state-sponsored theft.

What makes these cybercriminals tick? Why are they able to do what they do? And, most important, what can stop them—and the financial losses worldwide that result from their wily ways?

The new book “Cybercrime: The Madness Behind the Methods” by UMUC Adjunct Professor Richard A. White exposes the proverbial belly of the beast and provides frank commentary on what we, as potential victims, must do to defend ourselves from cybercriminals.

In one way or another, “everyone is affected by cybercrime,” White noted in written commentary on his book.  “Awareness,” he added “is the most realistic way to avoid falling victim.”

Read the latest UMUC Cyber Connections blog post “Five Misconceptions About Cybercrime” to learn more about White’s book—and get a quick course in understanding cybercrime.