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Cybercrime is a complex topic that affects individuals, organisations, societies, and nations. There is a global increase in the manifestation of various types of cybercrime, which are either new or evolving. To study and minimise such crimes we need to understand the constituent factors, the circumstances, and the actors involved in cybercrime.

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Gain an understanding of the components and types of cybercrime and how the role of human behaviour makes this an evolving dynamic.

About this course:

To understand the cybercrime environment, this module synthesises and portrays its dynamically changing nature which spans economic, technical, political, and psychological components.

We explore the types of cybercrime, their manifestations, and their underlying mechanisms. We have a closer look at the key actors and human factors in cybercrime to gain insights into its global nature and manifestation.

The topics we cover include:

  • What cybercrime is and how it can be defined.
  • Approaches and limitations for measuring the occurrence and impacts of cybercrime.
  • The actors related to cybercrime: offenders, victims, and law enforcement.
  • The human factors in cybercrime and their importance.
  • The underlying principles and the techniques of social engineering.

By completing this course, you will gain an understanding of the basic components and types of cybercrime, along with its challenges, its dynamically evolving nature, and the central role of human behaviour.