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


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.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: © 2020 IGI Global
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cybercrime
ISBN: 9781522597155, 9781522597162
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 08:33
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 08:46
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PURE Output Type: Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Published Date: 2020-02-01
Accepted Date: 2019-03-22
Authors: Benson, Vladlena (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5940-0525)
Saridakis, George
Mohammed, Ann-Marie



Version: Accepted Version

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