CYBERCRIME: FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATIONS
The ABS has developed a draft Conceptual Framework for Cybercrime. The primary function of a conceptual framework is to map the terrain surrounding an area of interest, in this case, Cybercrime. It defines the scope, definition and important concepts within the field and organises these into a logical structure showing the key relationships and processes and flows that exist between elements. These frameworks are also useful in promoting the use of standards and classifications, and supporting consistent data collection and analysis across jurisdictions and over time.
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 (including prevalence and victimisation) of Cybercrime occurring in Australia predominantly due to a lack of a 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.
It is expected that the Conceptual Framework for Cybercrime will be widely circulated for comment in the coming months with the aim of publishing the framework later in 2012.