Course will help businesses fight crime in the digital age

  • 12 February 2002

A three-day workshop run by ICC's Commercial Crime Services will reveal how computer-related crime is threatening business, and explore ways to tackle the problem.

Representatives from CCS and other leading cybercrime prevention organizations will join experts in law enforcement, banking and security to give business decision-makers an insight into managing the risks of commercial crime in the digital age.

Course organizer Steven Matz says the workshop has been designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of professionals.

Through exercises based on real case studies, and an interactive e-commerce crisis scenario, they will gain valuable insights into their own companies’ security weak-spots, and discover how to react to theft, intellectual property abuse and other internet-based crimes.

According to Mr Matz, even relatively inexperienced criminals can now cause havoc to businesses. He said: “Many internet crimes are not complicated. Hacking programmes can simply be downloaded off the internet.”

“Businesses are at a greater risk than ever,” he said.

CCS says that a major barrier to fighting cybercrime is that victims can be reluctant to report security breaches, as reputations can be ruined when weaknesses are exposed to a hostile press.

A session called “The War Room” will address this dilemma. Participants will explore what to do when hackers attack a high-profile site and tamper with confidential customer information. They will analyse not only how to repair the damage, but also how to ensure the company comes out of the situation without losing face.

The wide range of topics covered by the workshop includes the difficulties of prosecuting cybercriminals, protection of commercially sensitive information, safeguarding a corporate image on the web, and secure payment methods.

“Corporate Crime in the Digital Age” will be held in Kent, UK, from 23 to 27 June 2002. Transport will be provided from London.