Module 5 -- October 28 through November 3, 2013

Topic: Current U.S. Cyber Strategies and Proposals

There has been no clear or single articulation of a cybersecurity policy. Nor has there been an agreed-upon framework for leadership and implementation of any policy that may be developed. If one thing is clear about the state of cybersecurity in the United States, it is that there is not now an agreed-upon way forward. In 2011, the U.S. Government has released three strategy documents that could be subparts of an over-all national cybersecurity strategy. What are their assumptions and goals? Are they consistent? What gaps do they leave? What agency of government should take the lead in cybersecurity.


Reading Activity:

Please read this handout, which includes excerpts of the strategies and draft legislation, as well as some commentary.




Please click the button below to start this week's lecture in Adobe Presenter format. The lecture runs about 57 minutes.


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 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Eastern

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You can take a mini-examination including the questions about Module 5 now or at any time before the end of the course. NOTE: the button will take you to a sign-in page for BlackBoard. Once you enter the credentials you received from INSCT, select "CSLP: Cybersecurity Law and Policy" and then the quiz for Module 5.


Additional Resources:

Text of White House proposed cyber legislation.all-Provisions-Related-to-Computer-Security-Full-Bill.pdf

Section by section analysis of proposed WH legislation. all-provisions-related-to-computer-security-full-bill-section-by-section-analysis.pdf

Text of S.2111 Cyber Crime Protection Security Act. BILLS-112s2111pcs.pdf

Text of S.2151 A bill to improve information security, and for other purposes. BILLS-112s2151is.pdf

Text of S.2105 Cybersecurity Act of 2012. BILLS-112s2105pcs.pdf.


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After the seminar onOctober 24, 2013, posted here will be a link to a recording of the seminar. The recording is intended for students who are absent for the seminar and for any student who wishes to review the material. Here, for example, is a link to the Module One seminar on February 12, 2012:

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