Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security – Threats and Trust in Cyberspace Conference – 2011 – Review

About the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security:

As stated on the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security’s website-

“The origin of the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security can be traced to 2007. Representatives of the School of Computing Science, the North East Fraud Forum (NEFF) , and relevant international experts came together to discuss the expanding programme of the School’s systems security research, and NEFF’s concerns regarding the difficulty of responding adequately to the ever-changing cybercrime scene.

Two activities resulted from these discussions. First, the Hadrian Project was set up, and is now a burgeoning regional cooperative activity, spanning industry, commerce, local government, police and academia, undertaking a number of initiatives related to the fight against cybercrime. Secondly, the academically focussed Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security was created. CCCS brings together the School of Computing’s long-standing computer security research interests and our growing collaboration with organizations involved in the daily fight against cybercrime.”

Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security website.


On Tuesday 15th March 2011 forhacsec.com had the pleasure of attending 2nd Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security Conference held by Newcastle University’s Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security (CCCS) at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The CCCS conference aims to bring together professional and academics in order to discuss, compare and contrast new and up coming technologies as well as the real and present threats in today’s society to individuals, small business, business enterpress, academic and public sectors.

The conference commenced with guest Speaker Professor David Walls from Durham University who provided an introduction to ‘The Transformation of Cyber Crime through the Digital Age’, new forms of cyber crime in the digital age and discussed how these had developed since the 1980’s at the start of the Internet.

David also compared the internet and crime prevention to the analogy of the great train robberies of the 1800’s. Both offer networks in one sense of the word and both, over time had to develop crime prevention abilities, the railways in the form of crime prevention from train robberies and the internet in relation to cyber crime today.

Professor David Walls also discussed the stereotyping of cyber criminals and how different people perceive cyber criminals in different ways, very often imagining a ‘hacker’ to be some teenager with very low social skills sitting in a darkened basement 24/7.

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