Module 1 -- September 30 through October 6, 2013
Topic: Introduction, Terminology, the Nature of Cyberspace and Threats
Cyberspace is ubiquitous. Cyberspace is decentralized, complex, adaptive and resilient. What does all that mean, and what else is cyberspace? Is it so large and so complex that it constitutes a new challenge for humanity: how to affect something whose individual parts are all man-made but whose whole constitutes more than the sum of its parts and is beyond the control of any single person or organization?
Please click the button below to start this week's lecture in Adobe Presenter format. The lecture runs about 57 minutes.
Please post on the Discussion Board at least one question or clarification regarding the readings or the lecture prior to the live session on Thursday.
Online Seminar - Live Session:
Participate in the live online seminar on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Eastern
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You can take a mini-examination including the questions about Module 1 now or at any time before the end of the course.
(If you are signed in the digital library, all of these documents will open by clicking on their title. If not, then you only will be able to see those documents that are in the public domain.)
- Zittrain, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, pages 1-61.
- American Bar Association, National Security Threats in Cyberspace, (2009), pages 1-5.
- CRS Report for Congress, Clay Wilson, Information Operations, Electronic Warfare and Cyberwar Capabilities and Related Policy Issues, 3-20-07.
- Lewis, The Cyberwar Has Not Begun, (just four pages long) available here.
- Clarke, Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What To Do About It.
- International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), Countering Online Radicalisation: A Strategy for Action, (2009).
- Baker, Skating on Stilts (first Chapter or two). Also, entire book on his website.
- Rollins & Henning, Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative: Legal Authorities and Policy Considerations (Congressional Research Service, R40427, March 10, 2009)
- Lewis, Cyber Attacks, Real or Imagined, and Cyber War, (July, 2011), from www.csis.org.
Cyberattack sparked huge federal response, 12/10/11.
ONCIX report, 11/3/11.
Cyber Threat Metrics: Sandia Labs, 5/8/12.
U.S. Sees "Huge" Cyber Threat in the Future, 11/17/10.
"Cybersecurity: Assessing the Immediate Threat to the United States" -- House testimony (video).
Click here to view a recording of the seminar on October 3, 2013. The recording is intended for students who are absent for the seminar and for any student who wishes to review the material.