WATCH: Dr Mary Aiken - Are teenage hackers criminals or victims of organised crime?

Cybercrime-fighter: Dublin-based cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken Photo: Gerry Mooney
Cybercrime-fighter: Dublin-based cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken Photo: Gerry Mooney

The need to identify, educate and rehabilitate talented teenage hackers is greater than ever before, says cyberpsychologist, Dr. Mary Aiken.

"We know a lot about real world criminality," explains Aiken. "But we know very little about cyber juvnile delinquency.  What is the pathway from being a teenage hacker in their bedroom to organised cyber crime for example?  How do we identify those young people at risk of committing cyber criminal behaviour?   And how does one rehabilitate those offenders?" 

"If you take a 13 year-old boy who is talented and curious but then exploited by cyber criminals, is he a criminal or victim or both?  Shouldn't we be educating and redirecting the incredible skills of these young people?"

Dr. Mary Aiken will be speaking at Dublin Info Sec 2016, Ireland's leading cyber security conference in the RDS on 15th November.

See independent.ie/infosec2016 for full line-up and ticket details.

Dr. Mary Aiken's book, The Cyber Effect, published by John Murray, is out now.