eCrime: The Big Bad Wolf

Date:     Wednesday 21 Oct 2009
Time:     18:30 – Tea 6:00pm for 6:30 start
Speaker:     Daniel Chapman – Forensic Investigator Global Security & Compliance; TNT
Location:     AS124, Coventry University


What is eCrime? Dan answered that question succinctly and showed that perceptions were far removed from the truth. Whilst the precise definition of eCrime is largely an academic debate, Dan provided a brief overview to explain why the law enforcement agencies are having such difficulties addressing it, and in many cases seem not to be dealing with it at all. The presentation discussed a working definition before moving on to the unfortunate quantity of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) constantly circulated by the media; software vendors and occasionally the government surrounding the topic of eCrime.

What we all need is practical advice to help reduce the risk of eCrime in our everyday lives, which Dan overviewed in his talk. With a greater understanding of the risks and how the criminals operate we can take ownership and make wiser decisions about the ways in which we use computers, rather than waiting for the software vendors to produce a magic bullet solution that will never come. The presentation empowered the attendees with some of that knowledge and a few techniques to help use the Internet safely and potentially contribute directly to community policing of the eCrime problem.

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