Understanding and Managing Cybercrime Paperback – Oct 20 2005
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“I would describe this book as a very good inter-disciplinary approach to cybercrime, and explain that such an approach is essential in dealing with this very complex type of criminal activity. I would say the book provides an excellent introduction into what cybercrime is, why we need to be concerned about it and what can, and is, being done about it.”
— Susan Brenner, University of Dayton
“In describing this text to a colleague I would say it is the best work I have read on cybercrime; that it is truly multidisciplinary; that the historical discussion is fascinating; and that it is appropriate for academics and practitioners. In sum, this is a major contribution to the emerging study of cybercrime and information security.”
—Charles Wellford, University of Maryland
"The questions posed througout the chapter provide the reader with an opportunity to contemplate whether he truly understands what he just read, instead of having to wait until the end of the chapter like most textbooks."
"When dealing with abstract concepts, nothing brings clarity like a concrete example, and thsi book does that."
"I enjoy how the book poses questions as a way to provoke thought from students."
"The major aspects about this text that I liked are that it gives out examples of different situations to help the reader understand what the author is trying to say."
"I liked the section on different Acts, as a computer science student they are interesting to me because they cover my field. Normally, students are not aware of these laws, and it's the lack of knowledge that sometimes leads those students to committ things which they believe are right but in reality they are wrong."
"I like the way that each topic in the reading is divided into sections where it can be easily located."
"The text was informative and more enjoyable to read than most other textbooks I've encountered."
From the Back Cover
Understanding and Managing Cybercrime provides an overview of cybercrime and the legal, social, and technical issues that cybercrime presents. This text focuses on the challenges having to do with emergence, prevention, and control of high-tech crime. It takes a multidisciplinary perspective by tying together various disciplines–information technology, the sociology/anthropology of cyberspace, computer security, deviance, law, criminal justice, risk management, and strategic thinking.See all Product Description
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Dr. McQuade wrote the book because he needed a really good book for his Computer Crime class. He was squirreled away for a couple of years, and now I know why.
The book motivates the average reader and student through being real and relevant.
The book calls to the aspiring and excellent student to do deeper, as deep as they want. The references, indexing, and especially "Critical Thinking" questions at the end of each chapter are amazing.
Dr. McQuade also leads by example. He cites frequently from his groundbreaking research. He leads in 2 areas, first he shows what rigorous social science research is about. He also inspires by giving an example of doing research, when there is not much to build on.
For information security professionals that know the law, but might not know it as deep as someone outside law enforcement, the chapter on relevant law is worth the price of the book.
Also, as an information security professional, I often forget to ask the question "Why?" The "Theoretical and Social Perspectives on Cybercrime" took me deeper than I have been before. It is a bit chilling to understand that a generation has been left alone with computers with little or no guidance on the ethics of responsible computing.
And if that weren't enough, the "CyberTales" and the cartoons actually make the book fun.
I purchased Understanding and Managing Cybercrime as the required textbook for my class. Having said that, it's the only book I purchased this quarter that I actually read. This book is a resource for anyone involved in network security, systems administration or computer consulting. And while it packs in alot of topics into its 490 pages, it's not written over the head of the casual computer user. In fact, the chapters on malware and computer attacks as well as victimization are pertinent to anyone who uses computers in either a personal or business manner.
For the scholar, this text is broken down into 3 main portions: What there is to attack; Who attacks and why; How they attack and what is/can be done to prevent it. From firewalls to FISA, from Critical Information Infrastructure to the history of Cybercrime laws... it's in there. Dr. McQuade is not an IT person at all, and will profess this to all who ask. He conducted research with experts in the field and combined it with his own criminal justice background to create a book that hits on all of the important topics while giving some personal insight.
The book is a bit difficult to read sometimes. Chapter 8 is very long, with a lot of historical information! And while the text is a little on the small side, it is delightfully broken up by "Cybertales" and cartoons.
The part I enjoyed most about this text, and which has shaped my view the most about managing cybercrime, was the section on Theories of IT-Enabled Abuse and Crime. Although no one can predict when a crime will occur, the "tools" in this chapter when combined with the lessons in the rest of the book will help the IT professional plan thier prevention of cybercrime.
As Dr. McQuade was oft to say: "Eventually, you're all going to get sued" Perhaps with the knowledge from this book, I will win.
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