Understanding the Relationship between Cybercrime and Human Behavior through Criminological Theories and Social Networking Sites

Vladlena Benson, George Saridakis, Ann-Marie Mohammed

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Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of emerging issues in the psychology of human behaviour and the evolving nature of cyber threats. Theories of crime and empirical studies on user victimisation as seen on social networks are reviewed. The chapter reflects on the role of social engineering as the entry point of many sophisticated attacks and highlights the relevance of the human element as the starting point of implementing cyber security programmes in organisations as well as securing individual online behaviour. Specifically, the criminological theories of crime (i.e. self-control and rational choice theories) are discussed. Issues associated with the emerging trends in human behaviour research and ethics are presented for further discussion. The chapter concludes with a set of open research questions warranting immediate academic attention to avoid the exponential growth of future information breaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Criminal Activities and the Deep Web
EditorsMehdi hosrow-Pour
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter66
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781522597162
ISBN (Print)9781522597155
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

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Keywords

  • Cybercrime

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Benson, V., Saridakis, G., & Mohammed, A-M. (2020). Understanding the Relationship between Cybercrime and Human Behavior through Criminological Theories and Social Networking Sites. In M. hosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Criminal Activities and the Deep Web IGI Global.