Cybercrime Glossary

We’ve defined some of the terminology you may come across when reading up on the study of cybercrime.

Cybercrime – A term used to refer to criminal or otherwise harmful behaviour in which the internet or a digital technology plays a key role.

Cybersecurity – The act of protecting digital technologies, electronic data, networks and the like against cybercrime.

Deviant – A term used to refer to something that differs from the socially-accepted norm.

Forensic – The application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime. 

Organised crime – Organised crime refers to planned criminal behaviour that’s co-ordinated between a number of individuals.

Sociology – The study of human societies, including social relationships and interactions.

Criminology – The study of crime and deviant behaviour.

Offender characteristics – Recognised trends or qualities in individuals that engage in criminal activities, based on studies of those who have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted.

Legislation – The process of making or enacting law or a group of laws.

Regulation – The act of controlling or directing something through the enforcement of a law or process.

Governance – The act of overseeing the control or direction of something.


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