The 2004 E-Crime Watch survey was conducted by CSO magazine in cooperation with the United States Secret Service & Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute's CERT Coordination Center. The research was conducted to unearth e-crime fighting trends and techniques, including best practices and emerging trends. For the purpose of this survey, the following definitions are used:
The online survey of CSO magazine subscribers and members of the U.S. Secret Service's Electronic Crimes Task Forces was conducted from April 15 to April 26, 2004. Results are based on 500 completed surveys. A sample size of 500 at a 95% confidence level has a margin of error of +/- 4.4%.
In addition to the 2004 E-Crime Watch survey team, the following security practitioners served as advisors to the project:
Survey results were announced on May 25, 2004. Within the first 30 days of its release, the survey has attracted significant news media coverage from more than 35 outlets, such as CNN, The Washington Post, USA Today, and United Press International (UPI). According to a report from PR Newswire (the service with which the news release was distributed to media), the survey was accessed by 517 individuals during the month it was released. In addition to its U.S. appeal, the survey was accessed by nine other countries including Australia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Spain and United Kingdom. As of July 21, 2004, the survey has reached more than six million potential readers worldwide via print publications alone. Additional news media coverage is expected. A listing of news coverage to date is included in the addendum on page 39.