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CSS 448: Cyberwarfare

Course Description

This course will focus on the cyberwarfare landscape, offensive and defensive cyberwarfare techniques, and the future of cyberwarfare. It also addresses military doctrine and strategies, intelligence operations, and cyberwarfare-related laws and ethics. Students will be exposed to many cybersecurity technologies, processes, and procedures that help to protect endpoints, networks, and data. They will also learn how to identify and analyze threat and vulnerabilities, and create appropriate mitigation strategies. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • ITE 145: Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
  • ITE 220: Networking & Data Communications (Recommended)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of information as a military asset.
  2. Describe the targets and combatants of cyberwarfare.
  3. Explain the role of law and ethics in cyberwarfare.
  4. Describe intelligence operations in cyberwarfare.
  5. Describe cyberwarfare attackers and the evolution of cyberwarfare techniques.
  6. Describe the concept of defense-in-depth and various defense-in-depth strategies.
  7. Explain how cryptography is used in cyberwar.
  8. Explain how to defend endpoints, networks, and data.
  9. Explain how military doctrine guides the conduct of warfare.
  10. Summarize what cyberwarfare may be like in the future.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

8%

Assignments (Weeks 1-7)

27%

Project (Weeks 5-8)

30%

Final Exam (Week 8)

35%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Chapple, Mark and David Seidl. Cyberwarfare: Information Operations in a Connected World - Print Bundle for LMS Integrations. 1st ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett, 2015. ISBN-13: 9781284065220

Note: This is a Print Bundle which includes the textbook and the Access Code required for this course. Student must purchase these materials “New” from the Charter Oak State College bookstore. Used materials or materials from any other source are not acceptable.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topics: Information as a Military Asset & Targets and Combatants

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1, "Information as a Military Asset"
    • Chapter 2, "Targets and Combatants"
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Week 1 Assignments
    • Information in Armed Conflict
    • The U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)
    • The Flame

2

3,4

Topics: Cyberwarfare, Law, Ethics and Intelligence Operations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3, "Cyberwarfare, Law, and Ethics"
    • Chapter 4, "Intelligence Operations in a Connected World"
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Week 2 Assignments
    • The Intelligence Operations Process
    • The Tallinn Manual
    • Intelligence Disciplines

3

5

Topics: Evolving Threats and Social Engineering

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5, "The Evolving Threat: From Script Kiddies to Advanced Attackers"
    • Chapter 6, "Social Engineering and Cyberwarfare"
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Week 3 Assignments
    • Principles of Influence
    • A High Profile Hack
    • Robin Sage

4

5

Topics: Weaponizing Cyberspace and Nonstate Actors in Cyberwar

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7, "Weaponizing Cyberspace: A History"
    • Chapter 8, "Nonstate Actors in Cyberwar"
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Week 4 Assignments
    • Whistleblowers
    • Recent Cyberattacks OR Nonstate Actor Profile

5

6,7

Topics: Defense-in-Depth Strategies and Cryptography

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9, "Defense-in-Depth Strategies"
    • Chapter 10, "Cryptography and Cyberwar"
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Week 5 Assignments
    • Four Major Concepts of Cryptography
    • Modern CND Strategy OR The Zeus Trojan
  • Submit Project: Part 1: Identifying Cyber Threats and Applying the Cyber Kill Chain

6

8

Topics: Defending Endpoints, Networks and Data

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11, "Defending Endpoints"
    • Chapter 12, "Defending Networks"
    • Chapter 13, "Defending Data"
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Week 6 Assignments
    • Network Defense Technologies
    • Protecting Industrial Control Systems OR NIST Cybersecurity Framework OR Digital Rights Management Software
  • Submit Project: Part 2: Ensuring Defense in Depth

7

9,10

Topics: Military Doctrine and the Future of Cyberwarfare

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14, "Cyberwarfare and Military Doctrine"
    • Chapter 15, "Pandora’s Box: The Future of Cyberwarfare"
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Week 7 Assignments
    • The Levels of Warfare
    • Unified Land Operations OR Chinese Military Hacking and Espionage
  • Submit Project: Part 3: Examining Mission Assurance and Operational Procedures

8

1-10

Topics: Course Review and Final Examination

  • Readings:
    • Review the material from the previous weeks to prepare for Final Exam
  • Submit Project Part 4: Cyberwarfare Defense Plan Report and Presentation
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

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