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Online reputation and trust can help fight cyber crime.

Building Trust to Fight Cyber Crime

July 2016, Number 07.03

“Cyberspace is a dynamic domain that attracts attention from academics and policymakers. It represents the present and future of our societies. Cyberspace has hundreds of definitions and most include a human component that cannot be ignored. People shape cyberspace, demanding and creating more ways to interact with each other in “virtual communities.” Within virtual communities, the sociological variables required for community building are present: rules, rights, duties, membership, authority and trust.

Trust is especially important for cyberspace to work; however, the anonymity characteristic of this domain creates important challenges. To build trust, virtual communities have relied heavily on reputation, under the premise that a better reputation equals more trust and, therefore, greater interaction.

Cyberspace is not entirely safe; it challenges the security of people and systems. Cyber crime, in most of its modalities, requires the victim’s voluntary or tacit cooperation to work. Cyber crime exploits the trust that individuals have in the system, other people, or both. Cyber crime has a psychological modus operandi and requires the same type of response...”

Excerpt from Steven Jones-Chaljub, “Building Trust to Fight Cyber Crime,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No.3, 2016: 46-49. 

Steven Jones-Chaljub is a national security and defense advisor for the Colombian government, and a professor at the armed forces institute of higher learning, Escuela Superior de Guerra. He holds master’s degrees in international security and strategic studies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.