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The Impact of Cybercrime on Belgian Businesses

Book | 1st edition 2018 | Belgium | Letizia Paoli, Jonas Visschers, Cedric Verstraete, Elke van Hellemont

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.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780687735 / 9781780687742
Series name KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law Series
Weight 435 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiii + 139 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Nov 20, 2018
Available on Jurisquare Yes
Available on Strada Belgique Yes
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Literature Review
  • Chapter 2. Conceptualization of the Key Concepts
  • Chapter 3. Research Design
  • Chapter 4. The Results of the First Wave
  • Chapter 5. The Results of the Second Wave
  • Chapter 6. Comparison of the Two Waves
  • Chapter 7. Conclusions, Research and Policy Implications