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Curtailing Cyber and Information Security Vulnerabilities Through Situational Crime Prevention

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 26 Issue: 4 Dated: October 2013 Pages: 383-402
Sameer Hinduja; Brandon Kooi
Date Published
October 2013
20 pages
This paper discusses how situational crime prevention strategies can be used to prevent or reduce cyber and information system vulnerabilities.
Information can be considered as an invaluable commodity for all business entities, and has brought about the development of various security architectures devoted to its protection. Corporations have tended to react to the exploitation of information security (InfoSec) vulnerabilities through the implementation of technological measures. Indeed, most security policies and procedures are highly technologically inclined, making use of hardware and software to protect and safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. Unfortunately, these tactics have achieved limited success because of inattention to the opportunistic aspects of crime commission. Situational crime prevention can address the importance of these aspects by concentrating on the circumstances associated with a crime, and how the setting, conditions and context can be modified to preclude its manifestation. Its specific application to cyber and InfoSec in a corporate setting is advantageous in developing competent proactive strategies to reduce the presence and attractiveness of criminal possibilities for would-be offenders. (Published Abstract)


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