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INTL647 - Cyber Intelligence

Course Details

Course Code: INTL647 Course ID: 4528 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of Cyber Intelligence from its nascent stages to its current operational and policy impact. Students will explore the full range of cyber capabilities from exploitation to defense including several case studies that demonstrate the challenges and benefits of cyber intelligence operations. The course will demonstrate how cyber has changed the nature of intelligence collection, operations, and analysis across the US Intelligence and Defense communities. (Prerequisite: SSGS500)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO1: Examine the history and development of cyber intelligence operations and how those operations can integrate with other intelligence collection.
  • CO2: Assess the attributes of computer network exploitation, defense and attack within the intelligence context.
  • CO3: Examine the intelligence challenge of attribution in cyber-attacks.
  • CO4: Debate the benefits and risks of the current cyber intelligence structure in the US.
  • CO5: Analyze the legal and policy challenges in the conduct of cyber intelligence operations.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 15 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Cyber White Paper – 20 percent

For this assignment, you will select a topic or issue as it relates to cyber space and the challenges associated with it. This white paper will form as the basis for developing a Cyber Research Proposal (Assignment #2) and Final Paper that focuses on your selected cyber issue (Assignment #3). Your white paper assignment is 4-5 pages in length.

Cyber Research Proposal – 30 percent

The goal of this assignment is to present a clear research proposal. Your research proposal should be between 5-6 pages in length not including your preliminary source list and references.

Cyber Issue Paper – 35 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay where you are functioning as a Presidential Adviser and are tasked to prepare a 13-15 page (double spaced) memorandum outlining possible courses of action in light of a fictitious Cyber Attack.

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Cyberspace and National Security: Threats, Opportunities, and Power in a Virtual World - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Georgetown University Press
Author:Derek S. Reveron
Unit Cost:$31.35

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.