Science Advisory Board

In 2012, the eCrime Researchers Summit's managers and the APWG Steering Committee’s membership established the eCrime Research Scientific Advisory Board to guide innovation in cybercrime research by supporting the novel and practical research objectives of this growing network of pioneering investigators, giving them the benefit of guidance from leading industrial professionals who manage some aspect of cybercrime as part of their workaday brief. 

APWG’s eCrime Research Summit (eCRS), inaugurated in 2006, established a community of researchers distinguished by their focus on new forms of criminal enterprise mediated through electronic internetworks and software. Since then, that community has grown in number, in the scope of its topical interests and in its ambition, steadily moving cybercrime research toward achievement of disciplinary stature in its own right.

In 2012, the APWG’s eCRS managers and the APWG Steering Committee’s membership established the eCrime Research Scientific Advisory Board to guide innovation in cybercrime research by supporting the novel and practical research objectives of this growing network of pioneering investigators, giving them the benefit of guidance from leading industrial professionals who manage some aspect of cybercrime as part of their workaday brief.

Cybercrime researchers submit research proposal for review each year in the Spring before, or contemporaneous with, the Call for Papers announcement for the eCRS. The board members will advise the investigators on relevance of research direction with an eye to bolstering their chances for acceptance for the eCrime Researchers Summit in the fall.

Program Description
The APWG will solicit proposals from university-based principal investigators, which will be reviewed by the APWG eCrime Research Scientific Advisory Board, a panel of thought leaders in discipline of cybercrime research from industry. Those deemed to be research-grade proposals by eCRS managers will be circulated through the committee and returned to the investigators with commentary, analysis and advice on research direction. Note: The board is a separate review panel from the academic/industrial review committee that judges submissions to the eCRS every year - with a completely different set of reviewers.

Topics of interest to this program include, but are not limited to:
  • Phishing, rogue anti-virus software, pharming, click-fraud, crimeware, extortion and emerging attacks 
  • Technical, legal, political, social and psychological aspects of fraud and fraud prevention 
  • Malware, botnets, ecriminal/phishing gangs and collaboration, or money laundering. 
  • Techniques to assess the risks and yields of attacks and the success rates of countermeasures. 
  • Infrastructure resilience to cybercrime 
  • Criminal innovation in DNS manipulation and domain name abuse 
  • Impact of cybercrime on infrastructure governance and operations 
  • Delivery techniques, including spam, voice mail and search-engine rank manipulation; and countermeasures. 
  • Spoofing of different types, and applications to fraud. 
  • Techniques to avoid detection, tracking and takedown; and ways to neutralize such techniques. 
  • Honeypot design, data mining, and forensic aspects of fraud prevention. 
  • Design and evaluation of user interfaces in the context of fraud and network security. 
  • Best practices related to digital forensics tools and techniques, investigative procedures, and evidence acquisition, handling and preservation. 
  • The business model and economics of cybercrime from the criminal’s perspective. 

Program Timeline and Review Requirements

 The APWG eCrime Research Scientific Advisory Board will begin accepting proposals for the 2014 conference period in Q1/Q2 2014.

For more information, please email eCRS managers at info@apwg.org