Just as computers have revolutionized every aspect of our lives, they have also revolutionized crime. A new generation of criminals has made the Internet its playing field, and there is a clear need to continue to build the new generation of scholars, police investigators, policy makers, and practitioners who need to address this issue. The International CyberCrime Research Centre (ICCRC) was established to contribute to this goal. The ICCRC opened at the Surrey Campus of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in the summer of 2008 with significant core funding provided by the Government of British Columbia.
Since 2008, we have been gradually building our cybercrime research programs at SFU, with university courses now offered at the second, third, and fourth-year levels, as well as various cybercrime specializations available at the fourth-year level. In addition, there are now cybercrime courses available for graduate students and for professionals through the Terrorism Risk and Security Studies program. We have even launched CyberCrime Field School programs for SFU students to study abroad.
The ICCRC is a hub of cybercrime research. MA and PhD students can focus their work on cybercrime topics as part of the School of Criminology's regular graduate programming with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary specialization that includes faculty and graduate students from other fields, most obviously from the Schools of Computing Science and from Interactive Arts and Technology.
Our active research programs are concentrated in the areas of online child sexual exploitation, terrorism and extremism, and online communities specializing in illegal content and activities. In most cases, our research is being conducted in partnership with law enforcement and other government agencies, which has granted Centre researchers unique access to key data sources. Further information about these projects can be found in the pages of our website and I invite you to contact the principal researchers for more information about their activities.
For further information about cybercrime studies in the School of Criminology please contact the School's academic advisors through the main website: www.sfu.ca/criminology.
Richard Frank, PhD
Director, International CyberCrime Research Centre
Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University