Scottish Universities Insight Institute : a development from the institute for advanced studies

a development from the institute for advanced studies


Cybercrime: A Threat to All

Theme and scope of the programme

Cybercrime covers the use of any computer network for crime and encompasses a range of illegal activity, including financial scams, computer hacking, distribution of pornography, virus attacks, and information theft. Since such activities are increasingly common and may originate in any country, and target victims in any other Internet-linked location, cybercrime is potentially global in its impact and is of concern to individuals and agencies worldwide.

This programme brings together an international group of interested parties, including technologists, law enforcement officers, forensic analysts, social scientists, financial analysts and lawyers, from academia, public and private sectors, each with distinctive perspectives and insights in an opportunity for unconstrained interdisciplinary thinking, building upon existing knowledge, perspectives and skills toward fresh integrated perspectives on how to understand, address and minimise the impact of cybercrime.


  • Analysis and Synthesis
  • Vectors of attack
  • Strategies and solutions
  • Cybercrime Forum
  • Paul Watters Lecture
  • Max Taylor Lecture

Programme report

The full programme report is available for download.

Programme team

The Cybercrime programme is lead by:

  • Dr. George R S Weir, Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde
  • Prof. Ian J Lloyd, Prof. of Information Technology Law, University of Strathclyde
  • Prof. Ethel Quayle, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof. Max Taylor, Prof. of International Relations, University of St Andrews
  • Dr. Simon Mackenzie, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow
  • Alex McLaren, Director of Forensics, BTG Forensic, Glasgow, UK


All documents relating to this programme, including speakers' presentations can be found in the Document library.