Whether you are doing research yourself or are a company or organisation working with cyber-related phenomena, cyber threats, cybercrime and online victimisation; cybercriminology can conduct research for you, targeting a specific field of interest within online phenomena. The knowledge delivered by cybercriminology can then be used for proactive and preventive strategies for your organisation.
Research will focus on a qualitative as well as quantative approach. Depending on the research field, different research methods are used to collect data. Due to the changing and hybrid nature of current cybercrime, it is necessary to use a multiple approach, e.g. extracting reports made by victims in online forums, search boards on which cyber criminals seek out advice for committing crimes as well as collecting existing (academic) research and thus knowledge about a specific phenomena and/or criminal activities. Research will be conducted on the normal web as well as the so called darknet / deep web. As experience shows, once qualitative data provides enough information and knowledge and show repetition about an online phenomena such as similar platforms to become victim, same offender strategy, same motivation as well as a certain group with similar vulnerabilities such as gender, age, company’s industry etc., quantitate methods can be applied to underline gained knowledge and thus allow aspects of generalisation and representation.
Research results can be delivered in different forms, depending on client’s demands. You can choose to receive a written report and/or presentation of the requested research field. This can also lead into follow-up workshops for employees or a group of people. For this please go to services -> workshop. Or it can lead into further steps such as consulting the client about preventive measurements in order to proactively face future cyber threats – please go to services -> consultancy.