Full Count?: Crime Rate Swings, Cybercrime Misses and Why We Don’t Really Know the Score


The exponential growth of cybercrimes continues to wreak havoc on governments, businesses, and individuals, and there has been progress in combating these crimes, even leading to near ubiquitous recognition of the cybercrime problem.

Eileen Decker focuses the reader on the lack of understanding of these disastrous crimes as derivative of a lack of collection and analysis of accurate and comprehensive data on the subject.

This article provides an analysis of the current cybercrime data collection programs, by calling attention to their successes while highlighting their critical weaknesses, gaps, and downfalls. The author then dives into the importance of cybercrime data collection and the impact that large scale data collection has while contrasting with the detrimental impacts of insufficient data collection.

In an imperative call to action, Decker recommends an expansive modernization of cybercrime data collection that focuses on efficiency and accuracy.

By Eileen Decker

Eileen M. Decker is the President of the Los Angeles Police Commission; a Fulbright Specialist in Cybersecurity Law & Policy; and an Adjunct Professor in Cybersecurity, Privacy, and National Security Law at USC and UCLA Law Schools. Formerly, she served as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, the Los Angeles City Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety, and Chief of the National Security Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *