Am I more likely to be accused of cybercrimes as an IT worker?

While you may think it would be difficult to be accused of a cybercrime, even the most innocent people could be put at risk of these accusations in difficult IT situations. For example, if you work with computers in high-risk security settings or are around your business’s systems often, any malicious attacks on the system or fraud through the system could be something that traces back to you, even if you’re not responsible.

Why is this the case? IT professionals are sometimes caught in the middle of attacks, because the real attackers use your system to infiltrate your workplace and network. You’ll also be the one people look at for an explanation, because you’re the person with the expertise required to pull off a crime.

Statistically, the person who is most likely to have committed a crime will be the person who knows the system well and has the means, access, and opportunity to commit the crime. When it comes to the investigation, it would make sense to think you were the person responsible. After all, you know the system’s structure, and you know its faults.

Studies have shown that a surprising number of IT attacks have happened from the inside. In fact, the white paper by Credant claims that 48 percent of all data breaches were caused by insiders.

Who are insiders? Employees who are angry about being slighted, employees who have started at the job to gain access to the system, or opportunistic people who see a chance to make money quickly or to gain access to information that can help them move up in life. These are the kinds of people that may be identified as suspects, but as someone with the knowledge to do all the technical aspects of an IT-insider crime, you’ll be at the front and center. That’s why your attorney will fight with you to defend your integrity from the start.

Source: TechRepublic, “Are you at risk for being accused of a cybercrime?,” Deb Shinder, accessed Oct. 13, 2015