The Impact of Cybercrime on Belgian Businesses

Building on that large multidisciplinary project, the book assesses the impact of cybercrime on businesses based in Belgium, drawing from a thorough conceptualization of both cybercrime and its impact.
Letizia Paoli, Jonas Visschers, Cedric Verstraete, Elke van Hellemont
KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series
book | published | 1st edition
November 2018 | xiii + 139 pp.



ISBN 9781780687735



ISBN 9781780687742

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Information technology offers unprecedented opportunities to individuals, businesses and the public sector but also creates new vulnerabilities to crime. Impressive cybercrimes have been reported in the media in recent years, demonstrating the grave harm that even a single cyberattack can cause. Yet no systematic assessment of the impact of cybercrime on Belgian society and economy had been conducted until the start of the research project Belgian Cost of Cybercrime (BCC) in 2013, which was funded by the Belgian Service Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and coordinated by the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), in collaboration with the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC).

Building on that large multidisciplinary project, the book assesses the impact of cybercrime on businesses based in Belgium, drawing from a thorough conceptualization of both cybercrime and its impact. Using data collected through two surveys sent to more than 9,000 representatives of Belgian businesses, the authors report that most of the responding businesses are confronted with at least one type of cybercrime every year and some of them suffer serious harm from these incidents. Lastly, the book calls for the identification and implementation of effective preventive measures targeting the different types of cybercrime.


Table of contents and preliminary pages (p. 0)

Introduction (p. 1)

Chapter 1. Literature Review (p. 5)

Chapter 2. Conceptualization of the Key Concepts (p. 31)

Chapter 3. Research Design (p. 39)

Chapter 4. The Results of the First Wave (p. 49)

Chapter 5. The Results of the Second Wave (p. 67)

Chapter 6. Comparison of the Two Waves (p. 93)

Chapter 7. Conclusions, Research and Policy Implications (p. 103)

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KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series

The KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series brings together the results of research activities of the Centre for IT & IP Law.

The central research themes of the series concern the legal and ethical aspects of information technology, innovation and intellectual property.

Each book in the series focuses on the essential developments in the current legal framework, necessitated by the rapid evolution of technology in various fields, such as government, media, health care, informatics, digital economy, banking, transport and culture. The research is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach, constantly cross-fertilising legal, technical, economic, ethical and socio-cultural perspectives.

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De KU Leuven Center for IT & IP Law Series verzamelt de resultaten van de onderzoeksactiviteiten van het Centrum voor IT & IP-recht.

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Elk boek in de reeks belicht de belangrijke ontwikkelingen in het bestaande juridische kader die noodzakelijk zijn omwille van de snelle technologische evolutie in verschillende sectoren zoals de overheid, de media, de gezondheidszorg, informatica, de digitale economie, banken, transport en cultuur.

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