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Autism, Cybercrime, and Security’s Skill Struggle

I’ve seen this linkage in several articles. Take a look at your own security team and see if they are on the spectrum. It might help you understand them a little better and help with candidate selection…:

[…] Often, she continued, cybercriminals are first diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum during the criminal justice process. Later in her career, as a cyber agent for INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), she realized the issue was broader. Ledingham’s work with global agencies revealed outside of cybercrime, no other offense came with a foundational condition. “There’s no other organic set of offenders that may be predisposed to cybercrime due to the nuances of their disorder,” she said.

Autism presents itself at the age of two or three, and more than 17 million people worldwide are diagnosed, said Ledingham in an RSA Conference talk. Their curiosity and eagerness to solve problems, among other traits, can lead them into dangerous areas, especially online.

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Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.
https://brownglock.com

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