Dr Fenia Ferra

Job: Research Fellow

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551

E: fenia.ferra@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Fenia has obtained her PhD in psychology from the University of Sheffield. Her PhD thesis focused on police interviewing of child witnesses in Greece. Since then she joined De Montfort University, employed in the EPSRC EMPHASIS project concentrating on ransomware and cybercrime, a Home Office funded project focusing on investigative interviewing of cybercrime victims and a RITICS project ‘AIR4ICS’ focusing on agile incident response for industrial control systems. Alongside these projects, she has been involved in other research projects looking at police perceptions of cybercrime and privacy assessment.

Research group affiliations

Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) 

Publications and outputs 

  • A Qualitative Exploration of Police Officers' Experiences, Challenges, and Perceptions of Cybercrime
    A Qualitative Exploration of Police Officers' Experiences, Challenges, and Perceptions of Cybercrime Hadlington, L. J.; Lumsden, K.; Black, A.; Ferra, F. Victimisation from cybercrime has increased exponentially over the past decade. Frontline police officers are dealing with a variety of crimes different than those existing in an era before the advent of digital technology. Frontline officers are expected to encourage members of the public to report such crimes, to investigate them, as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in this ever-changing landscape. This study explored the issues that frontline officers are dealing with on a daily basis when it comes to cybercrime. 16 front line police officers took part in focus groups exploring key questions around aspects of cybercrime. The key themes discussed in this article include the difficulty of defining what is cybercrime, the contrast between the speed of developments in cybercrime and the speed of investigation, and the ineffectiveness of current training. The results are discussed in the context of a need for clearer training information to be delivered to all officers and staff who come into contact with aspects of cybercrime. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version.

Research interests/expertise

Cybercrime, Investigative Interviewing

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