Tutor Interview Series: Craig Webber – Security


Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about –
The session provides an overview of some of the issues that have developed around cyber security and the threats to our activities on the web. A lot of what takes place on the web echoes activity that takes place away from the web. Many crimes that we regard as cybercrimes are just extensions of crimes that have historically taken place off-line. Similarly, we look at the role of trust in cybercrime and look at how this is a key factor that enables deviant activity to take place, just as it does in non-deviant forms of behaviour, such as legitimate commerce.

What are the main aims you want to achieve? –
The aim of the session is to introduce students to the range of activities that threaten the security of the web and our use of it. We introduce students to a wide range of different research projects that we are currently undertaking at the University of Southampton. This research represents the cutting edge of our attempt to understand cybercrime, drawing on a range of different disciplines making this a prime example of the power of the Web Science project.

How will the learners benefit? –
Students will become aware of the role that their behaviour has on their web security, they will also see how criminology has combined with other disciplines to form an essential part of web science.

What excites you most about delivering this session within the Web Science MOOC? –Introducing students to the synthesis of criminological ideas with other disciplines to ask some challenging questions, and hopefully show some of the answers.