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INTL649 - Case Studies in Foreign Cyber Threats

Course Details

Course Code: INTL649 Course ID: 4825 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will examine various case studies in Foreign Cyber Threats and explore the challenges posed by these threats. Through the review of case studies, students will become familiar with the fact that cyber threats are difficult to assess and mitigate given the existence of malicious actors, multiple motives, different but commonly used attack vectors, the internet as a shared and integrated domain, difficulty in predicting potential attacks and the damaging nature of worst-case scenarios. (Prerequisite: SSGS500)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze the underlying challenges associated with cyberspace.

CO-2: Analyze the evolution of cyberspace policy and evaluate some of the implications for future cyberspace issues.

CO-3: Examine U.S. Government Cyber Policy and analyze their implications for dealing with cyberspace issues.

CO-4: Evaluate cyber-related case studies to assess implications for U.S. and future cyberspace issues.

CO-5: Examine future cyberspace policy issues and challenges.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Weekly forum question are provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post consisting of at least 500 words by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates in a 250 word or more response 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 – 25 percent

This is an opportunity for the student to identify a key cyber-related issue and to develop a white paper that takes a specific stance at resolving the issue. Students will identify and summarize the key points of the issue up front, develop the issue’s background and identify key problems, identify solutions, and wrap-up the issue by concluding with key facts.

Case Study Research Proposal – 25 percent

The components of this assignment support the Case Study submitted at the end of class. Students will develop a research question, a purpose statement, and identify a theoretical framework and research design used answer the research question.

Case Study Analysis – 30 percent

Based on the Cyber Research Proposal, students will conduct a case study analysis 18-20 pages. The page length does not include the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Required Course Textbooks

There are no required textbooks. Specific readings and materials will be addressed in the individual weekly assignments.

The following book is recommended:

Turabian, Kate L. 2014. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. The University of Chicago Press.

Other Required Readings

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, 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:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.