Internet crime is most definitely on the rise. In 2011, there were a reported 314,246 Internet crimes, which is a 3.4 increase from the year before. Monetarily, the amount stolen from those crimes totaled over $480 million. Internet crime isn’t particularly something that’s relegated to only a few countries, though the United States leads the way with over 90% of reported Internet crimes, with the next two countries – Canada and the United Kingdom – coming in at 1.44% and 0.97, respectively. On a state level, there do seem to be a few states that participate in the crime more than others. This doesn’t mean that one is potentially exempt because they conduct their business in one of the lesser states, though. The most popular state for Internet crime is California, with 34,169 complaints coming in the year 2011. Next is Florida, where they reported 20,034 in that same year. Lastly, Texas reported 18,477 Internet crime complaints in the last year.
In order for business owners to protect their data – as well as keep them from facing fines – the Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement act as passed. It requires all telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecommunications to ensure built-in surveillance abilities to various federal agencies so that they can monitor Internet, VOIP, and telephone traffic. This act has resulted in a 62% growth in wiretaps and a 3,000% growth in the interception of data. In not making your business CALEA compliant, the business could be fined up to 10,000 a day. In addition to CALEA compliance, the business would also need to be PCI compliant. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) was created by the major credit card companies to require all service providers that store, accept, and transmit credit card information. Any business that does have to validate their compliance annually, and if they don’t, they’ll be fined $500,000 in potential charges.
In choosing a qualified service provider that provides network authentication and legal indemnification, the business has a way to better verify the identity of devices, user names, as well as passwords. The service provider also protects the business with an indemnity agreement, which allows users to accept responsibility for the actions – not the actual business.
This infographic was designed and developed by GoWifi, providers of wireless internet hotspots.