Insights into cybercrime and electronic evidence

A basic introduction for non-technicians with a background or interest in criminal justice.
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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (477 ratings)
15,798 students
6hr 2min of on-demand video

By following this course, participants can expect to acquire a firm grasp and understanding of the nature and impact of cybercrime in today's world.
Participants will know and appreciate the considerations, adjustments and accommodations that traditional criminal justice systems must make in order to address the new challenges created by digital/electronic evidence.
Real life examples will be given and some of the shortcomings in current approaches will be discussed.


  • An understanding of the principles of evidence will be helpful, but not essential - all technical concepts are explained and nothing more than a basic knowledge or understanding of computers is either required or expected..


This is a brief and basic introduction to cybercrime and electronic evidence aimed primarily at those criminal justice professionals who are not computer experts, but who find themselves confronted and confounded by the technological realities of our time. The course may also appeal to students and others who are just curious about the subject too.

The course introduces the main themes, threats, challenges and conundrums posed by this most modern of crime phenomena and explores some of the solutions adopted by criminal justice to try to cope with them.

This is an introductory course and seeks to explain technical concepts in terms of every day, common experience. For this reason some of technical areas have been simplified and rationalised to make them more accessible to and understandable by the uninitiated.

It consists of a series of ten 'Chapters' subdivided into videos that explore key topics. They are supported by a number of quizzes to help learners to check their progress and understanding.

Who this course is for:

  • This is NOT a course for computer experts. It is a BASIC, ENTRY-LEVEL introduction to the subject of cybercrime and electronic evidence for all criminal justice professionals and students (or those simply interested in the subject) who find themselves confronted and confounded by the technological realities of our time.


Steven David Brown
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 477 Reviews
  • 15,798 Students
  • 1 Course

Steven David Brown is a barrister of the Inner Temple, but no longer practises law. He left the Bar to become a police officer with London's Metropolitan Police Service later serving with the National Criminal Intelligence Service and Europol. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a Graduate Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention from the International Compliance Association. He has worked in international capacity building and technical assistance since 2005 including periods as the Senior Law Enforcement Adviser for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Central Asia, as policy adviser on law enforcement to the EU Advisory Group in Armenia and, more recently, as project manager for the EU/Council of Europe's Global Action on Cybercrime. During this latter role, Steven was closely involved in delivering guidance and training on substantive and practical areas of combating cybercrime and providing advice on the new challenges implicit in electronic evidence.

Steven has had a number of articles published in peer reviewed journals and is the editor of and major contributor to the textbook, "Combating International Crime: The longer arm of the law" (Routledge, 2008).

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