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Getting the measure of cybercrime?

Cybercrime is now a well-established and widely recognised concern, with criminal behaviour probably representing the main driver behind the huge increase in numbers of malicious programs over the last decade or so.  However, while there is no doubt that the problem exists, attempts to quantify cybercrime have resulted in dramatically varied numbers, highlighting the difficulty of trying to establish the scale, cost and impact of attacks.

In this presentation, Steven Furnell examines the nature (and potential quality) of the measures currently used to quantify cyber-dependent crime.  He then proceeds to consider the opinions of various security practitioners regarding the potential disconnect between such measurements and the aspects that are potentially more important for us to understand.  The discussion draws upon work conducted as part of a recent Home Office-funded study into the scale, trends and measurement of cyber-dependent crimes.