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NCJ Number: 157914 Find in a Library
Title: Can Computer Crime Be Deterred?
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:177-181
Author(s): S Sherizen
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Deterrence is applied to information security, based on the premise that security professionals should consider deterrence a central concern, along with the existing technical and managerial approaches to computer crime prevention.
Abstract: Therefore, personnel security officials should determine how best to change the existing perceptions of employees and outsiders regarding both the risks of being caught in computer crime activities and the perceived payoffs from such activities. Actions that organizations can take to change employee attitudes include training about the legal as well as ethical aspects of information security, the establishment of social control mechanisms emphasizing that computer crime lets down colleagues, making control and security monitoring more visible, and distribution of information about punishments given to convicted computer criminals. Security professionals should be aware of what social science researchers know and do not know about deterrence, as well as the problems involved in applying the concept to computer crime. Deterring computer crime will require improved legislation and the study, development, and implementation of appropriate security measures. Deterrence of computer crime should focus on tailoring penalties to computer crime severity. Changes are also needed with respect to mandatory reporting. 26 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Computer crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Data security; Deterrence; Deterrence effectiveness; Security management
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