Cybercrime Awareness Clinic: The Volunteer Experience
Looking back on my time spent at the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic at the University of Portsmouth, it is undeniable that it was a fascinating and incredibly helpful experience, both academically and professionally.
I volunteered at the clinic with an initial passion and interest in cybercrime and cybersecurity which I had previously explored during my studies, unsure what to expect apart from a possible consolidation of my theoretical basis of knowledge. However, the clinic turned out to be so much more than just theory, as it uncovered a whole different dimension of cybercrime unexplored before: that of the practicalities of online crime and its impact on everyday people.
Attending workshops and focus groups with parties highly targeted by cyber criminals, like older people and small businesses, was a real eye opener to the impact online fraud, phishing, internet scams and other similar types of cybercrime have on people and businesses, and how more work needs to be focussed on developing a comprehensive framework to tackle the societal and economical issues brought by cybercrime.
It was also a pleasure to work with people who have experienced cybercrime and help them understand how to better protect themselves from online threats. The experience gained through my volunteering is extremely valuable and it was a pleasure to work with the professionals involved in this project.
I have no doubt in saying that I had a wonderful time being a volunteer assistant for the cybercrime clinic, that it has taught me much needed information about this ever expanding criminological field, and that if I could I would definitely do it all over again!