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Understanding the Offender/Environment Dynamic for Computer Crimes

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  • Willison, Robert

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

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    There is currently a paucity of literature focusing on the relationship between the actions of staff members, who perpetrate some form of computer abuse, and the organisational environment in which such actions take place. A greater understanding of such a relationship may complement existing security practices by possibly highlighting new areas for safeguard implementation. To help facilitate a greater understanding of the offender/environment dynamic, this paper assesses the feasibility of applying criminological theory to the IS security context. More specifically, three theories are advanced, which focus on the offender’s behaviour in a criminal setting. Drawing on an account of the Barings Bank collapse, events highlighted in the case study are used to assess whether concepts central to the theories are supported by the data. It is noted that while one of the theories is to be found wanting in terms of conceptual sophistication, the case can be made for the further exploration of applying all three in the IS security context.

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    Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics in its series Working Papers with number 2005-4.

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    Length: 33 pages
    Date of creation: 19 Sep 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsinf:2005_004

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