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How do we find out about cyber criminals?

Security Lancaster and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics held a workshop to form a new collaborative group who will widen the knowledge of cybercrime and start developing innovative approaches to obtaining information on cyber criminals. The workshop included security researchers and statisticians, solicitors specialising in cybercrime, and experts from government agencies.

The workshop was chaired by Claire Hargreaves, who is completing a PhD in Applied Social Statistics at Lancaster University and recently finished a 6 month internship for the Home Office.

Claire explained, "The workshop was set up because, while with traditional crime, we've got the data to look at their criminal careers statistically, at the moment, it doesn't seem like we have that information for cyber criminals.

"The conversations we had during the day provided a road map around the kinds of research that could be undertaken to produce on cyber criminals what we have on traditional crime."

David Cook, Pannone LLP solicitors, attended the workshop and commented, "This is one of the few opportunities I get to meet with people from the major investigative and prosecutorial agencies and hear things from their perspective and it's good to get our heads together and hear our different views on cybercrime.

"There are issues with the detection and prevention of these (cyber) offences and it sounds like Lancaster University are at the forefront of that."

The results from the workshop will be released as part of a report in July.

Security Lancaster is an EPSRC-GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security. It brings together the Lancaster University's research in cyber security, security futures, investigative expertise, violence and society, and transport and infrastructure protection.

Thu 16 May 2013