Course Procedures and Requirements

The course is six weeks in duration, plus a seventh introductory week to familiarize all concerned with the requirements of the course and to test technology. Each of the weeks includes:

In addition, the course students have access to a special digital library of hundreds of documents related to cyber security, intended to enable any student with a particular interest in a subject to study it in greater depth than the group as a whole has time to do. The library and a blog with daily news about cyber security provide the primary resource materials for an extensive understanding of cyber security law and policy, and they assist students to successful complete the course. (The blog is located at

Students receive direct access to Professor Snyder outside of the weekly seminars through e-mails, telephone calls, and video conferencing. In order to pass the course, all students also must meet the criteria explained on the Assessments and Grades page of this website. Direct interaction with the instructor while working through the course materials is anticipated, and time for that has been factored into the determination of total Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). The course is graded pass/fail.

It is estimated that the entire course will require 30 hours of work by each student: one hour reading, one hour lecture, 30 minutes of interaction with other students or the instructor through the discussion board or e-mails, and a 90 minute seminar each module/week; plus five hours to write the paper and one hour of direct interaction through virtual “office hours” with the instructor.

A student may fail to attend one of the six synchronous seminars and still complete the course successfully, as long as all other requirements are met and the student views a recording of the seminar he or she missed attending in real time.


Due to the dynamic nature of our subject matter, no textbook exists that meets our requirements. Thus, readings for each week will be from a variety of sources and largely will be distributed electronically through a website and a blog. Seven published texts are required, but five of the seven are available free under a Creative Commons license.