The Cyber Threat Landscape: Challenges and Future Research Directions

Computers and Security, 30(8): 719–731, 2011

39 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2013

Date Written: November 1, 2011

Abstract

Cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated with the blending of once distinct types of attack into more damaging forms. Increased variety and volume of attacks is inevitable given the desire of financially and criminally-motivated actors to obtain personal and confidential information, as highlighted in this paper. We describe how the Routine Activity Theory can be applied to mitigate these risks by reducing the opportunities for cyber crime to occur, making cyber crime more difficult to commit and by increasing the risks of detection and punishment associated with committing cyber crime. Potential research questions are also identified.

Keywords: Culture of security, cyber crime, cyber exploitation, policing and preventative strategy, public private partnership, routine activity theory

JEL Classification: C88, C89, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Choo, Kim-Kwang Raymond, The Cyber Threat Landscape: Challenges and Future Research Directions (November 1, 2011). Computers and Security, 30(8): 719–731, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2339821 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2339821

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo (Contact Author)

The University of Texas at San Antonio ( email )

San Antonio, TX 78249
United States
+12104587867 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/raymondchooau/

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