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Cybercrime among Companies

Research into Cybercrime Victimisation among Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and One-Man Businesses in the Netherlands

Cybercrime among Companies
  • Year of publication 2016
  • 214 pages
Author:Sander Veenstra, Renske Zuurveen, and Wouter Stol
Series:Veiligheidsstudies
Category: Criminology General
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐652‐7 | paperback | 1st edition | € 40,50 / $ 54,67 / £ 42,93

The digitisation of society offers businesses opportunities, but also poses risks. However, scientific evidence on the extent to which businesses actually fall victim to cybercrime is scarce. This book contains the findings of a study into cybercrime victimisation among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and One-Man Businesses (OMBs) in the Netherlands that was conducted from 2013 until 2015. Over 1,200 SMEs and more than 1,600 OMBs were surveyed. The report presents unique figures on the extent and impact of cybercrime amongst businesses. The results indicate that more than a quarter of Dutch businesses are confronted with cybercrime. Victims are self-reliant: they seldom contact law enforcement, but instead take action to prevent and solve cybercrime problems themselves. As a consequence, police lack insight into the nature and extent of cybercrime amongst SMEs and OMBs, which hampers the ability of law enforcement to contribute effectively to the fight against cybercrime.

Target group

This book will appeal to anyone interested in the digitisation of society and its implications for crime and law enforcement.

Author's information

Sander Veenstra (MSc), Renske Zuurveen (MSc LLM) and Wouter Stol (professor in police studies) work at the Dutch Cybersafety Research Group, which is a joint research center of NHL University of Applied Sciences, the Dutch Police Academy and the Open University of the Netherlands.