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Contemporary Issues in Cyber Security and WMD (CBRNE) Threat Analysis
HLSC-710

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course will teach the student to identify the ways that cyber technology can be used by terrorists and criminals. Students completing this course will be able to appraise and assess the potential of different kinds of cyber and WMD attacks. Cyber and WMD threats and proliferation of WMD present challenges to homeland security and create legitimate concerns about our Nation’s ability to prevent cyber and WMD attacks. The course examines technological advancements and the opportunities they present for terrorists and other hostile actors, as well as how one can devise plans, countermeasures, and contingencies against cyber and WMD attacks.

Requisites

Prerequisite

CJUS 801

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to examine weapons of mass destruction (CBRNE & Cyber) threats posed by terrorist organizations, other adversaries, as well as accidents or naturally-occurring events. In order to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from CBRNE and Cyber incidents, it is important to not only understand the threats faced but the potential impacts from the use of such weapons.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess the potential for different types of cyber and WMD attacks.
  2. Analyze ways that cyber technology can be used by terrorists and criminals.
  3. Devise plans, countermeasures, and contingencies against cyber and WMD attacks.
  4. Synthesize the knowledge acquired in this course to create a robust set of best practices to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber and WMD attacks.
  5. Integrate biblical principles into the decision-making processes involving cyber- and WMD-related issues.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Johnson, T. A. (2015). Cybersecurity: Protecting critical infrastructures from cyber attack and cyber warfare. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 9781482239225.

Pichtel, J. (2016). Terrorism and WMDs (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 9781498738989.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. Microsoft Office Mix

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

There will be 8 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be at least 450 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and cite at least 2 sources. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Research Paper 1 – A Comprehensive Examination of the Cyber Security Threat Paper

The student will complete a Research Paper which will be a Comprehensive Examination of the Cyber Security Threat. This paper will be exhaustive. The student will provide the following using these headings: historical reference points in cyber security; critical infrastructure and cyber security; cyber security and critical infrastructure protection – engineering and design concepts and include mitigation, resiliency, and redundancy; cyber intelligence, conflict, and warfare; cyber security legal issues; economic costs of cyber security, and the future threat landscape involving cyber security. The student will write at minimum a 12 full-page, research-oriented paper in current APA format. The paper must include at least 20 sources (which can include the course textbook). The paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Research Paper 2 – A Comprehensive Examination of the WMD (CBRNE) Threat Paper

The student will complete a Research Paper which will be a Comprehensive Examination of the WMD (CBRNE) Threat. This paper will be exhaustive. The student will provide the following using these headings: historical reference points in WMD use as weapons; critical infrastructure and WMD use from a preparedness as well as mitigation perspective; an examination of each CBRNE including this sub headings discussions (cover each group in their entirety before moving on to the next): brief overview of each CBRNE as a group – in other words C – Chemical weapons or agents; most common agents or weapons in the Chemical group; most common delivery systems for this group; lethality and other pertinent facts that are specific for this group; for each group discuss the impact, likelihood by probability and impact; do this for each CBRNE group. After chemical do biological, radioactive, nuclear, and finally explosive. Conclude with your thought regarding future threat landscape involving CBRNE/ WMD. Remember any one of these might be used on purpose by a terrorist or criminal, some might occur naturally, and others might be encountered through accident. The student will write at minimum a 12 full-page, research-oriented paper in current APA format. The paper must include at least 20 sources (which can include the course textbooks). The paper will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Training Presentation

Option A – A Comprehensive Examination of the Cyber Security Threat Training Presentation

The student will prepare a PowerPoint presentation wherein he or she will design training which will cover everything discussed in the written paper he or she completed on this same topic in this course. Each section that was written and covered in the paper needs to be discussed, but the training video will end with additional information that will include contingencies and countermeasures to a cyber-attack or intrusion. A minimum of 20 content slides (not including the cover and reference slides) are required. The presentation needs to be at least 15 minutes long and should last no more than 30 minutes maximum.

Option B – Instructions for a Comprehensive Examination of the WMD (CBRNE) Threat Training Presentation

The student will prepare a PowerPoint (Audio/Visual) presentation wherein he or she will design training which will cover everything discussed in the written paper he or she completed on this same topic in this course. Each section that was written and covered in the paper needs to be discussed, but the training video will end with additional information that will include contingencies and countermeasures to a WMD/CBRNE attack. A minimum of 20 content slides (not including the cover and reference slides) are required. The presentation needs to be at least 15 minutes long and should last no more than 30 minutes maximum.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (8 at 50 pts ea)

400

Research Paper 1 – A Comprehensive Examination of the Cyber Security Threat Paper

 

200

Research Paper 2 – A Comprehensive Examination of the WMD (CBRNE) Thread Paper

 

200

Training Presentation

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

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For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

HLSC 710

Textbooks: Johnson, Cybersecurity (2015).

Pichtel, Terrorism and WMDs (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Johnson: ch. 1

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

50

2

Johnson: chs. 2–3

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 2

50

3

Johnson: chs. 4–5

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 3

50

4

Johnson: chs. 6–7

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 4

Research Paper 1

50

200

5

Pichtel: chs. 1, 7–8

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 5

50

6

Pichtel: chs. 2–3, 6

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 6

Research Paper 2

50

200

7

Pichtel: chs. 4–5

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 7

50

8

Pichtel: chs. 9–10

Bible Readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

1 website

DB Forum 8

Training Presentation

50

200

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.