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Cyber Crime

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Programme Duration

Approx. 25 hours (flexible schedule)

Academic Direction
Royal Holloway, University of London
Modes of Study

Cyber crime is a complex topic that affects individuals, organisations, societies, and nations. There is a global increase in the manifestation of various types of cyber crime, 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 cyber crime.

About this course:

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

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

The topics we cover include:

  • What cyber crime is and how it can be defined.
  • Approaches and limitations for measuring the occurrence and impacts of cyber crime.
  • The actors related to cyber crime: offenders, victims, and law enforcement.
  • The human factors in cyber crime 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 cyber crime, along with its challenges, its dynamically evolving nature, and the central role of human behaviour.