Thinking the unthinkable in the defence against cybercrime

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Extensive history surrounds use of mercenaries in conflict zones. The skills shortage of cyber security specialists was 3.5 million in 2021. Cybersecurity specialists take 3 to 5 years to become proficient. Costs of cybercrime are projected as $10.5 trillion. Profits from cybercrime exceed the profits of the global drug trade. With increased legalisation of drugs, the logical business decision is for OCG to diversify. Defence against well-resourced cyber opponents is high cost. This suggests an alliance with OCG. $2 trillion for cybersecurity and defence, is a low risk extension of protection rackets and substitutes for drug profits. Ethics are an issue.

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Dr Ethem Ilbiz

Cybersecurity researcher specializing in disruptive technologies and their governance


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