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August-October 2019

Dutch lecturer researches the person behind the cyber criminal

It is vital to gain insight into the motives, working methods and earning models of cyber criminals to better understand the effectiveness of security measures. Research into the human factor in cyber crime is still in its infancy, both in the Netherlands and internationally. One person taking a close look at the subject is Rutger Leukfeldt, senior researcher on cyber crime at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and lecturer on cyber security in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the Haagse Hogeschool in the Netherlands. Leukfeldt says much current research in the field of cyber crime and cyber security is technological by nature. “In addition, research into the legal and privacy aspects [of cyber crime] has been conducted for a long time, but the number of studies that focus on the non-technical aspects is extremely small,” he says. But Leukfeldt is confident that this will improve because he sees a growing awareness of the importance of insight into the person behind the cyber ...

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