Cybercrime The Human Factor

Cybercrime, the Human Factor addresses human aspects of cybercrime. Most cybersecurity research employs a technological or business approach, much less is known about its 'human' or 'social' aspects. Who are the perpetrators of cybercrimes and what are their criminal careers? What is their modus operandi and how do criminal hackers select their (vulnerable) targets? How could they effectively be deterred? And how can businesses and ICT users become more aware of the tactiques used by criminals?

In a broad sense this track will discuss and give examples of how criminological, legal and behavioral sciences can aid to understand illicit trade and criminal behaviors.

11.15 Welcome

11.20 Hacking the Human OS

Raj Samani is an active member of the Information Security industry, through involvement with numerous initiatives to improve the awareness and application of security in business and society. He currently is VP, Chief Technical Officer for McAfee EMEA, previously worked as the Chief Information Security Officer for a large public sector organisation in the UK and was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame (2012). Samani worked across numerous public sector organisations, in many cyber security and research orientated working groups across Europe. He is Special Advisor for the European CyberCrime Centre and has had numerous security papers published, and regularly appears on television commenting on computer security issues.

11.40 Cybercrime and non-cybercrime over the adult life-course

Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg, researcher in criminology at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). She currently works on her Ph.D. research with the focus on perpetrators of cybercrime in comparison to perpetrators of other crime. Marleen uses existing criminological theories to study to what extent explanations for ‘offline’ crime are also applicable to ‘online’ crime.

11.55 Security Reputation Metrics for Hosting Providers

Security is as much an incentives problem as a technical problem. We investigate the role of security reputation metrics in aligning security incentives within the diverse landscape of hosting providers. Samaneh Tajalizadehkhoob and Arman Noroozian are researchers in the Economics of Cybersecurity group at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology.

12.10 After the presentations, Bijleveld will facilitate a debate with the audience and speakers.


12.30 Knowledge market/networktime/lunch


Chaired by Catrien Bijleveld
Catrien Bijleveld is director of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), one of the research institutes of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In addition she is Professor of Research Methods in Criminology at VU University Amsterdam.

About NSCR
The NSCR is NWO's national research institute that focuses on fundamental interdisciplinary scientific research at the crossroads of theory, practice and policy of crime and law enforcement. It is housed at and is partially funded by VU University Amsterdam. The research themes include the life course of criminals, the citizen and the legal system, and the spatial distribution of crime.