- Develop a deep and systematic understanding and knowledge of Information Environments in terms of deterrence, detection, protection and reaction to access,
- Develop a deep and systematic understanding and knowledge of current theoretical and methodological approaches to offensive Cyber Operation concepts and philosophies,
- Critically reflect on the implementation and management of offensive Cyber Operations at all levels,
- Critically reflect on the implementation and management of defensive Cyber Operations at all levels
- Apply with flexibility and creativity originality in the application of the different types of cyber operations and their utilization and deployment based on the scenario at hand,
- Design and undertake substantial investigations under the context of situational awareness,
Demonstrate self-direction and creativity in designing and developing a cyber defense environmenents, you should delete this section before submitting your work.
Task 1 will assess your understanding of making decisions in the modern information environment. Task 2 will assess your understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of computer security and operations. Task 3 will assess your understanding of advanced principles in computer security from a systems perspective. All tasks are small academic reports and as such the following report structure is expected for each milestone report:
- Introduction, where you will discuss your plan for solving the problem introduced by the module team
- Main Body, where you will develop your arguments
- Conclusions, where you will critically discuss your findings
- References, aim for an average of 20 references
You are expected to demonstrate an insight into the implications of the problem introduced in each task by using clear and concise arguments. The reports should be well written (and word-processed), showing good skills in creativity and design. Sentences should be of an appropriate length and the writing style should be brief but informative.
Task 1 – Clausewitz fog of war in the modern enterprise information environment
You are required to expand on the title and develop your arguments to clearly state why there is so much uncertainty in decision making for cyber security and how to overcome it. The deadline for the DRAFT Task 1 is on week 12 by electronic submission via Canvas. The module team will then provide general formative feedback, allowing you the opportunity to reflect on your activities and improve your work where necessary. The final copy of Task 1 should be included in the final Portfolio. Although there are no allocated marks for references and bibliography you are expected to use appropriate peer reviewed sources for developing your arguments, and the Harvard referencing style as per the University regulations.
It is expected you will discuss the notions in the above table and explain the fundamental issues behind the complex problem of cyber security today; taking the wrong decisions and/or not acting in a timely manner because of the environmental and systemic uncertainty.
Task 2 – cyber manoeuvre in the modern information environment
You are expected to critique the paper “Deception and Manoeuvre Warfare utilising Cloud Resources”: Stilianos Vidalis & Olga Angelopoulou (2013) Deception and Maneuver Warfare Utilizing Cloud Resources, Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective, 22:4, 151-158, DOI: 10.1080/19393555.2013.780273. In your critique you should explain how cyber manoeuvre principles can underpin the offensive and defensive operations in the modern information environment. The deadline for DRAFT Task 2 is on week 16 by electronic submission via Canvas. The module team will then provide general formative feedback, allowing you the opportunity to reflect on your activities and improve your work where necessary. The final copy of Task 2 should be included in the final Portfolio. Although there are no allocated marks for references and bibliography you are expected to use appropriate peer reviewed sources for developing your arguments, and the Harvard referencing style as per the University regulations.
Task 3 – deep packet analysis
ou are expected to conduct an analysis of the network packet capture that will be made available to you, using Wireshark. You are required to present your findings in a factual manner to convince decision makers of a large corporation on business strategies. The capture will be made available to you in LB154 and through Canvas. The analysis rig you will have to use for this activity will also be setup in LB154 but you can use Wireshark from your own device. There is no DRAFT deadline for this Task. The FINAL deadline for Task 3 and for the WHOLE portfolio is on the 19.12.2019 by electronic submission via Canvas.