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Information and communication technology (ICT) has transformed the way in which individuals conduct business, purchase goods and services, send and receive money, communicate, share information, interact with people, and form and cultivate relationships with others. This transformation, as well as the world's ever-increasing use of and dependency on ICT, creates vulnerabilities to criminals and other malicious actors targeting ICT and/or using ICT to commit crime.

This Module provides an introduction to key concepts relating to cybercrime, what cybercrime is, Internet, technology and cybercrime trends, and the technical, legal, ethical, and operational challenges related to cybercrime and cybercrime prevention. The reading material selected for this Module provides an overview of key concepts, basic terms, and definitions, and a general introduction to cybercrime, its challenges, and prevention.

Learning outcomes

  • Define and describe basic concepts relating to computing
  • Describe and assess global connectivity and technology usage trends
  • Define cybercrime and discuss why cybercrime is scientifically studied
  • Discuss and analyse cybercrime trends
  • Identify, examine, and analyse the technical, legal, ethical, and operational challenges relating to the investigation and prevention of cybercrime
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