In-person event: Measuring Cybercrime

In-person event: Measuring Cybercrime

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022, 5.30PM
Location: London
Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX
Section Group Meeting

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As our routine activities have drastically changed since the launch of the British Crime Survey, with more time spent and activities undertaken in the digital space than ever before, so have opportunities for crime. In this RSS Social Statistics Section discussion session, we will hear how cybercrime is measured in three national crime surveys in the UK: the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS), the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) - both household-based crime surveys – and the Cybersecurity Breaches Survey (measuring cybercrime relating to businesses and charities).
5:40-5:45      Chair’s introduction
5:45-6:05      Measuring cybercrime in Scotland (Eddie Averell, Social Researcher, Scottish Crime and Justice Survey)
Content: A series of questions on cyber fraud and computer misuse were first included in the 2018/19 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS), marking an important step in developing the evidence base on cyber-related crime in Scotland. Latest 2019/20 SCJS figures provide an initial indication of the scale and nature of certain cyber crime incidents in Scotland. To ensure the SCJS keeps pace with the changing nature of crime in Scotland, the SCJS team will be engaging with users and stakeholders in the months ahead to understand more about what the results can tell us, their limitations, and how this data can be improved in the coming years. The presentation will describe the history of cyber crime measurement in Scotland, the motivation for the survey questionnaire review, and the planned work streams ahead. 

For further details please see the links to relevant publications below:
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Cyber Crime – The cyber crime section of the latest 2019/20 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey
Recorded Crime in Scotland: Cyber Crime – Police recorded cyber crime in Scotland
Cyber Crime in Scotland: A Review of the Evidence – A review of how cyber technology is impacting crime in Scotland
6:05-6:25      Measuring cybercrime in England and Wales (Billy Gazard, Centre for Crime and Justice, ONS)

Content: An overview of how cybercrime is measured in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and future developments.
6:25-6:40      Break
6:40-7:00      Cyber-crime against businesses, charities and educational institutions (Harry Williams, Research Manager, Social Research Institute, Ipsos)

Content: Every year in the Cyber Security Breaches Survey we ask businesses, charities and educational institutions about the type of cyber breaches or attacks they identify. This allows us to measure the proportion of organisations identifying cyber security breaches, and by extension cyber-crime. We then follow up with the impact cyber security breaches has add on organisations, what the potential costs were and whether this was reported externally. In this session we will focus on 2022’s findings, how this has changed over the years, how and why we measure cyber security breaches in the way we do. We will go into detail on what we do to ensure these measurements are relevant and accurate, and what the potential limitations of the data are.

The CSBS report is here:
7:00-7:30      Q&A and Closing
RSS Social Statistics Section

Organiser/ Chair: Andromachi Tseloni, Professor of Quantitative Criminology, Nottingham Trent University & Academic Lead, Ministry of Justice Data First project

Free to Fellows
£10 to non-Fellows