According to the research of the Department of Internal Security Strategies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, people in the occupational group that require specialization have a higher risk of being victims of cybercrime than other professionals.
The Department of Internal Security Strategies aims to reveal the victimization risks posed by the cyber environment, to identify the vulnerable groups to cyber crime risks within the framework of cybercrime sociology, the internet usage habits of individuals who are victims of cybercrime, and its negative effects on their psychology.
17 percent of the participants were 18-24, 25-25, 34 percent 21-35, 44 percent 13-45, and 54 percent 24 and over.
The report “Sociology of Cyber Crime and the Effect of Cyber Crime on Security” was prepared with the results obtained from the research and the data obtained from the Gendarmerie and Coast Guard Academy and the Department of Combating Cyber Crimes of the General Directorate of Security.
Within the scope of the study, the participants were asked whether they have been the victims of an incident such as internet fraud, unannounced money withdrawal from their bank account, or threats / harassment on social media in the last year.
2 percent of the participants (24 women, 37 men) answered “yes” to this question and stated that they are victims of cybercrime.
26,2 percent of cyber crime victims were under the age of 30, 67,2 percent were between 30-65, and 6,6 percent were 65 and over.
23 percent of the victims were primary school graduates, 19,7 percent secondary school, 39,3 percent high school, and 18 percent undergraduate and graduate education graduates.
Among cyber crime victims, retired workers ranked first with 19,7 percent, private sector workers second with 18 percent, and unemployed people with 11,5 percent.
Among the regions, Marmara ranks first with 27,9 percent, Aegean with 16,4 percent and Central Anatolia with 14,8 percent, while Southeastern Anatolia is the region with the least number of victims of cyber crime with 1,6.
Professionals Requiring Specialization Become More Victims of Cyber Crime
Within the scope of the research, taking into account the professions of 3 thousand 34 participants, it was also analyzed in which occupational group people were exposed to cyber crime more. Accordingly, it was understood that those who were exposed to cybercrime the most, with 17,9 percent, were members of professions requiring expertise such as medicine and engineering. This occupational group was followed by civil servants with 5,9 percent and retired workers with 5,1 percent.
It was stated that one of the reasons why educated individuals are victims of cybercrime is because they spend more time in the cyber environment and shop more online.
It was also highlighted that educated individuals who are more knowledgeable about cybercrime and who become aware of their victimization report more cyber crime victimization.