CYBERCRIME: FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT FINAL CONSULTATIONS
Cybercrime, as well as cyber safety/security, have increasingly become a source of concern for individuals, businesses and governments. Rapid advancements in technology have also seen an apparent increase in cyber criminal activity that is conducted across jurisdictions and with a large degree of anonymity. However, it is difficult to accurately identify the nature and extent of cybercrime occurring in Australia predominantly due to a lack of consistent and universally accepted definitions. A robust evidence base is needed to effectively inform the complex policy and law enforcement challenges associated with this global issue. With this in mind, the ABS is in the final stages of completing a Conceptual Framework for Cybercrime to assist in building the evidence base in this field.
The Conceptual Framework will be a tool for policy and data experts, as well as researchers and service providers with an interest in data, in the field of cybercrime in Australia. It defines and describes the concept of cybercrime and aims to put it into a statistically measurable context by identifying key statistically measurable ‘elements’. These elements describe the types of data needed to support the analysis and measurement of cybercrime over time and across geographic borders.
It is expected that the Conceptual Framework will be circulated for comment in the coming weeks, before being published in the later part of 2013.