UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT'S ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CYBERCRIME AMONG STUDENTS (A CASE STUDY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN)
1.1 THE STUDY'S BACKGROUND
One of the phrases often used in today's culture is “cybercrime.” To understand the concept of cybercrime, one must first understand the definitions of cyber and crime. The term “cyber” is a prefix used to indicate a concept associated with the computer and information eras, whereas “crime” is defined as any action that violates legal procedure and is typically carried out by people with a criminal intent.
Cybercrime is defined as an offense committed against a person or a group of people with the intent of destroying the victim's reputation or inflicting bodily or mental harm on the victim, either directly or indirectly, through the use of modern telecommunication networks such as the internet and mobile phones (Haider & Jaishankar, 2011). It is not a far-fetched explanation for the growth in cybercrime given they have easy access to Android phones, tablets, computers, the internet, and network infrastructure.
Such acts have the potential to threaten a country's security and financial well-being (Saul, 2007). Cybercrime is defined as any crime committed using a computer system. Despite the fact that the internet has created many venues for vital research, cybercrime is a global issue that costs governments billions of dollars. In Nigeria, cybercrime appears to be committed by persons of all ages, from young to old, while the young appear to be the primary culprits in recent instances.
According to Akpan (2016), cybercrime has caused Nigerian students to seek money in methods other than via university study. As hacking tools have become more affordable in our present society, many young individuals are engaging in cybercrime with the objective of becoming the best hacker or as a profit-making venture.
According to Ngozi (2016), the rate at which Nigerian youth are engaging in some type of cybercrime is concerning. Because cybercrime has the ability to devastate the image and reputation of businesses, organizations, and individuals, it is vital to investigate the role of University Management in the fight against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.
1.2 THE problem'S STATEMENT
University education's principal purpose is to educate students for future careers. To thrive in today's fast-paced, high-tech economy, graduates of today and tomorrow must be able to search out information and exhibit technological abilities. These students must be computer and information literacy savvy. The means for acquiring this literacy must be integrated into learning programs and the educational experiences of students.
However, few undergraduates in Nigerian universities and other higher learning institutions are likely to be aware of cybercrime, which is defined as criminal behavior carried out using a computer system, while many more are likely to be unaware.
Some of them may have participated in, if not masterminded, such a crime. Some Nigerians, particularly undergraduates, including those in Kwara state, regularly engage in cybercrime. Such behavior is associated with a number of evident problems. Victims of cybercrime, who are frequently naive, endure considerable emotional and psychological distress as a result of being robbed of their hard-earned money by fraudsters who may even be their own children or relatives.
There have been suicides linked to cybercrime. This is especially true when victims believe their entire life has been snatched from them due to large financial and investment losses. Perpetrators are occasionally apprehended, imprisoned, charged, and sentenced to life in prison.
Parents of identified victims are frequently slain because they are unable to cope with the shame and pain associated with their children's or wards' involvement in cybercrime. Furthermore, the prevalence of cybercrime taints a country's worldwide reputation.
It may also undermine the security and financial stability of a country. While pursuing their scholastic aspirations, students are now enjoying defrauding public and private organizations, as well as their colleagues. If this anomaly is not addressed and fixed soon, our higher education institutions will become a breeding ground for swindlers looking to defraud the school administration and society as a whole. The purpose of this research is to determine the involvement of university administration in the battle against cybercrime among students at the University of Ilorin.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The study's overarching purpose is to:
Determine the amount of awareness of cybercrime among University of Ilorin students among university management.
Determine the degree to which the university administration is involved in the battle against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.
iii. Determine how the University of Ilorin administration may reduce cybercrime among students.
1.4 QUESTIONS FOR RESEARCH
The following research questions guide the study's objective:
What is the university administration's level of awareness concerning cybercrime among University of Ilorin students?
What is the amount of university administrative involvement in the battle against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students?
iii. How can the University of Ilorin administration combat cybercrime among students?
1.5 THE STUDY'S IMPORTANCE
The general purpose of this study is to identify university administration's engagement in the battle against cybercrime among University of Ilorin students. The study's goal is to examine the amount of awareness and engagement in cybercrime among instructors at the University of Illorin.
This study will add to the current body of knowledge in this field and will also serve as a resource for academics, researchers, and students who may want to conduct future research on this or a similar topic.
1.6 STUDY OBJECTIVES
The investigation was limited to the administration of the University of Illorin in the Nigerian state of Kwara. In addition, the study focuses on the role of university administration in combating cybercrime among University of Ilorin students.
1.7 STUDY LIMITATIONS
The study was constrained by a short time frame, a limited budget, and the impossibility to cover all universities in Kwara state.
1.8 TERM DEFINITION
Management at a university is the administration of an organization, whether it be a business, a non-profit, or a government agency.
Cybercrime: illicit activities committed out through computers or the internet.
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UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT'S ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CYBERCRIME AMONG STUDENTS (A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN)