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e-Commerce and Cyber Security


Mele E.

Course director

Vignati M.

Course director


Course Objectives


  • E-Commerce fundamentals;
  • E-Commerce and the potential for the fashion industry;
  • E-Commerce history and potential future developments;
  • Holistic overview of the e-Commerce process in fashion brand;
  • Cyber crime history, development and most used techniques;
  • Understanding motivations and intents of cyber criminals;
  • Fundamentals of cyber security in the e-Commerce world;
  • Fashion brands specifics cyber threats.

Course Description

This course will tackle the aspects of e-Commerce and its potential in the fashion industry. It will start with the introduction to the concept of e-Commerce, its history, and potential future developments. The holistic overview of the e-Commerce process in a fashion brand will be introduced, including the issues of logistics, payments, connection of offline stores and online sales environments. The second part of the course is dedicated to cyber security. E-commerce is particularly affected by cyber attacks, as it is exposed and therefore vulnerable. We will look at the history of cyber crime, techniques and basic principles of cyber security.

Learning Methods

The course consists of theoretical lessons and practical works

Evaluation procedures 

  • The evaluation of the course will be done based on a written exam.

Additional Optional Literature

  • Cybersecurity - Mauro Vignati - 2021 - Bibliography
  • Bytes, Bombs, and Spies: The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber, Herbert Lin, Amy Zegart, Brookings Inst Pr (December 2018)
  • Cybercrime and Society, Majid Yar and Kevin F. Steinmetz, SAGE Publications Ltd; 3rd edition (April 2019)
  • Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age, David S. Wall, Polity (Sep 2007)
  • Cybercrime: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues), Bernadette H. Schell, Clemens Martin, ABC-CLIO (October 2004)
  • Inside the Dark Web, Erdal Ozkaya, Rafiqul Islam (CRC Press June 2019)
  • Principles of Cybercrime, Jonathan Clough (Cambridge University Press; May 2010)
  • Cybercrime: Security and Surveillance in the Information Age, Brian D. Loader and Douglas Thomas ( Routledge, May 2013)
  • The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics, Ben Buchanan (Harvard University Press, February 2020)
  • Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, Bruce Schneier (W. W. Norton & Company, October 2019)