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    Top 3 Cyber Threats Of 2018

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    2018 saw the emergence of new malware, ransomware and other innovative ways of exploiting vulnerabilities in cyber systems. Here a few of the cyber threats that defined the year. VPNFilter VPNFilter is a malware program which is believed to have been developed by Fancy Bear APT Group. The malware has been hiding in a number […] More

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    Future Considerations

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    Future Considerations

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 15: Future Considerations. This final lecture of the course “Strategic Cybersecurity” discusses topics for students to consider in the future. The module focuses on three primary concerns: the need for cybersecurity analysis to be interdisciplinary in nature, the adversarial realm that is concerned with destroying data due to perceived diplomatic slight, and […] More

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    Critical Infrastructure

    Critical Infrastructure

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 14: Critical Infrastructure. The U.S. government’s approach to protecting critical infrastructure from physical and cyber attacks has evolved over the past half-century, with presidential administrations creating various entities to better protect the country’s infrastructure. This lecture discusses this history and discusses the creation of Information Sharing and Analysis Centers, or ISACs. The […] More

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    Economics, Government Regulation, and Cybersecurity

    Economics, Government Regulation, and Cybersecurity

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 13: Economics, Government Regulation, and Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity may be considered both a public and a private good, requiring cooperation and collaboration between the public and private sectors. This can be difficult, given the private sector’s typical suspicion of government assistance. This lecture discusses economics and government regulation in achieving cybersecurity. The Objectives […] More

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    Privacy

    Privacy

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 12: Privacy. This lecture discusses privacy concerns on the Internet. The module clarifies that concerns exist not just in the United States but also in the rest of the world. The Objectives Once you have completed the readings, lecture, activity, and assessment, you will be able to Describe the Internet of Things […] More

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    Dataveillance

    The Concept of Dataveillance

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 11: The Concept of Dataveillance. This lecture discusses the concept of combining big data analysis with technical surveillance, or “dataveillance.” The module looks at two trends enabling the ability for dataveillance: nearly exponential increases in computer power and similar decreases in the cost of data storage. The Objective Once you have completed […] More

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    Cyber Crime and the Law

    Cyber Crime and the Law

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 10: Cyber Crime and the Law. This lecture expands on the difficulty in determining computer intrusion attribution by discussing the challenges of constructing laws to deal with such criminal activity. The Objective Once you have completed the readings, lecture, activity, and assessment, you will be able to Describe why cybercrime investigations are […] More

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    Problems of Identity and Attribution

    Problems of Identity and Attribution

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 9: Problems of Identity and Attribution. This lecture discusses the problem of determining identity and attribution on the Internet. References are made to such events as “Ghost-Net” and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election via social media. The Objectives Once you have completed the readings, lecture, activity, and assessment you […] More

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    Cyber Conflict and the Law

    Cyber Conflict and the Law

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 8: Cyber Conflict and the Law. Lecture 8 discusses problems that cyber technology poses for international law. In particular, the module focuses on two aspects of international law that deal with the question of armed conflict: Jus Ad Bellum, or “the right to wage war,” and Jus In Bello, or “justice in […] More

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    Cyber Conflict and the Westphalian System

    Cyber Conflict and the Westphalian System

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 7: Cyber Conflict and the Westphalian System. The Treaty of Westphalia, signed in 1648, focused on the principle that “whoever rules the territory determines the religion.” This lecture explains this treaty and how it connects with cybersecurity. Though this course is not an international relations course, this topic is pertinent to the […] More

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    Adversaries and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

    Adversaries and APTs

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 6: Adversaries and APTs. This lecture explains who are the United States’ adversaries in cyberspace (Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea) and their varying offensive cyber capabilities to effect various outcomes. The module also introduces the idea of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), which is how countries organize their capabilities to conduct cyber […] More

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    Vulnerabilities and Vectors

    Vulnerabilities and Vectors

    Strategic Cybersecurity, Module 5: Vulnerabilities and Vectors. This lecture describes the classification of the Internet into five distinct layers (geographic, physical network, logic, cyber persona, and persona) and the vulnerabilities of each of those layers. The module also looks at common types of cyber attacks. The Objective Once you have completed the readings, lecture, activity, […] More

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