An endless stream of entertainment is available at the click of a button and most of us find it irritating when we don’t have access. But what if you couldn’t switch off or started to check your gadget for updates every five minutes? These warning signs could mean you are suffering from an Internet addiction disorder (IAD). And it’s becoming increasingly common. Compulsions can include cybersex, online gambling and cyber-relationship addiction. All those suffering from this condition are vulnerable; the young are at danger from cyber bullying and grooming; adults expose themselves to fraud and blackmail via their gambling or cybersex addictions; all can reveal too much personal information in their pursuit of cyber friendships. IAD victims should seek counselling. Help is available.
Presented by: Martin Smith, The Security Company, United Kingdom
Martin Smith gained his degree in behavioural psychology before spending 15 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force, mainly assigned to counter-espionage and counter-terrorism duties. After being awarded membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for this work. He joined Touche Ross Management Consultants before becoming the Senior Director of Corporate Security for Kroll Associates. He then joined Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Information Security before forming The Security Company Limited. He is a Fellow of The Security Institute, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and Chairman and Founder of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group. He is an active member of ASIS International Europe and the Information Assurance Advisory Council.