Project #48832 - SOURCES OF SECURITY THREATS - HUMAN, NATURE, AND TECHNOLOGY FACTORS (4-7 Pages)

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Assignment

 

Based on the required reading materials and your own research, prepare a 4 to 7 page paper to discuss various threats to information security. You are to address the following questions in the paper:

   Why is information security an important issue?

What are the sources of information threats (human, nature, and technology factors, etc.)?

Required Reading

There are many sources of threats to information security:

Human errors

Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif and Michael Riley (2011). Human Errors Fuel Hacking as Test Shows Nothing Stops Idiocy

Philip Sasser (2010). Human Error and Information Security Intellectual property

Derek Slater (2012), Intellectual Property Protection: The Basics

N. Vlajic (2010). Introduction to Information Security

Paul Rubens (2011). Stop Software Attacks From Destroying Your Servers

Justin Kallhoff (Physical security objectives and overview)

United States Government Accountability Office (2009), “Information Security: Cyber threats and vulnerabilities place federal systems at risk.”

Information Security Attacks

Brian Krebs (2011). Cyber Intrusion Blamed for Hardware Failure at Water Utility

Perrow, Charles (2008). Software failure, security and Cyber attack.

 

 

 

Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be short (4-7 pages, not including cover sheet and references) and to the point. It is to be structured as a point/counterpoint argument, in the following manner: Take a definite stand on the issues and develop your supporting argument carefully. Using material from the Background information and any other sources you can find to support specific points in your argument is highly recommended; try to avoid making assertions for which you can find no support other than your own opinion.

You will be particularly assessed on:

   Precision: Your draw on a range of sources, and to establish your understanding of the historical context of the question. You carried out the exercise as assigned, or carefully explained the limitations that might have prevented your completing some parts (running out of time isn’t generally considered an adequate limitation).

   Support for assertions: You use examples, citations (especially to the required readings), and elaboration to support assertions. You provide evidence that you have read the required background materials.

   Clarity: Your answers are clear and show your good understanding of the topic. You see what the module is all about and to structure your paper accordingly.

   Breadth and Depth: The scope covered in your paper is directly related to the questions of the assignment and the learning objectives of the module.

   Critical thinking: The paper incorporates YOUR reactions, examples, and applications of the material to business that illustrate your reflective judgment and good understanding of the concepts. It is important to read the "required readings" posted in the background material plus others you find relevant. Your informed commentary and analysis is vital -- simply repeating what your sources say does not constitute an adequate paper.

Overall quality: Your paper is well written and the references, where needed, are properly cited and listed.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 11/24/2014 05:00 pm
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