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e-Commerce and Cyber Security


Mele E.

Docente titolare del corso

Vignati M.

Docente titolare del corso


This course will tackle the aspects of e-Commerce and its potential in the tourism and 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 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.


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

Modalità di insegnamento

In presenza

Impostazione pedagogico-didattica

The course consists of theoretical lessons and practical works

Modalità d’esame

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

Additional Optional Literature

  • Laudon, K., C., and Traver, C., G. (2021). E-commerce 2020-2021: business. 
    technology. society. Harlow: Pearson
  • 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)
  • https://www.ncsc.admin.ch/ncsc/en/home/dokumentation/berichte/lageberichte.html

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