The online adult industry is among the most profitable business
branches on the Internet, and its web sites attract large
amounts of visitors and traffic. Nevertheless, no study has
yet characterized the industry’s economical and securityrelated
structure. As cyber-criminals are motivated by financial
incentives, a deeper understanding and identification
of the economic actors and interdependencies in the
online adult business is important for analyzing securityrelated
aspects of this industry.
Larger businesses in the United States have been actively pursuing information security with significant
resources including technology, people, and budgets for some years now. As a result, they have become
a much more difficult target for hackers and cyber criminals. What we are seeing is that the hackers and
cyber criminals are now focusing more of their unwanted attention on less secure small businesses.
Therefore, it is important that each small business appropriately secure their information, systems, and
.Praise for Enemy at the Water Cooler
“Brian Contos has created what few security specialists can claim: a truly readable book about the threats to our businesses from insiders who know how to attack the critical components of modern business, the computers, applications and networks that make it all work. During the last ﬁfteen years we have witnessed incredible strides in network centric business processes that have spawned the productivity of our workforce and the globalization of our supply chains.
“If the Internet were a city street, I would not travel it in daylight,” laments a chief information
security officer for a prestigious university.
The Internet is critical infrastructure at the world’s commerce. Cybercrime is escalating; once the
domain of hackers and script kiddies, cyber-gangs and organized criminal organizations have discovered
the business opportunities for extortion, embezzlement, and fraud that now surpasses
income from illegal drug trafficking.