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?


Reading Activity:

Please read this handout, which includes selections from:

1. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, The Future of Things “Cyber”, Strategic Studies Quarterly (Spring 2011).

2. Joel Brenner, America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare, Penguin Group, Kindle Edition (2011).

3. James A. Lewis, The Cyberwar Has Not Begun, Center for Strategic International Studies (Mar. 2010).

4. Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It, Yale University Press (2009).



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Pre-Discussion Activity:

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.


Additional Resources:

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