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College of Professional Studies
Security and Safety Leadership (SSL)
Introduction to Cyber Conflict, Cyber Intelligence and Strategic Analysis
Cyber Conflict and Intel
Fall 2015
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Master of Professional Studies in the field of strategic cyber operations and information management students only


Scott D. Applegate
Connie Uthoff
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An exploration of cyber conflict, its history, and how it is being integrated into government and military strategies. The evolution of cyber intelligence and models for its collection and analysis. Technical, tactical, and strategic use of information technology between states and non-state actors; national and international cyber strategies, law, and policy as they relate to cyber intelligence efforts; advanced persistent threats; cyber threats to national security; strategic, operational, and tactical cyber intelligence efforts and countermeasures; and cyber weapons, actors, and methods of delivery. The current state and the future of cyber conflict as an evolving phenomenon.
Upon successful conclusion of this course, students will be able to: • Identify and define the key activities that constitute cyber conflict • Identify key events that led to major policy changes or the establishment of new organizations associated with cyber conflict • Describe how international laws and treaties apply to cyber conflict • Describe the ways in which cyber conflict and the domain of cyberspace differ from the other traditional warfighting domains • Describe the interaction of state and non-state actors in cyber conflict and cyberspace operations -Be able to discuss the current trends and the future of cyber conflict • Identify cyber intelligence collection methods/techniques and approaches to analysis • Understand various laws and policies that can impact cyber intelligence collection efforts • Make distinctions among strategic, operational and tactical intelligence • Understand the cyber domain, cyber threats, actors, types of attacks and cyber weapons • Comprehend current challenges to cyber intelligence; explore gaps in warning • Understand various national and international cyber strategies and policies as they relate to cyber intelligence and strategy • Comprehend the benefits to public/private partnerships and collaboration
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This course offers a unique and blended look at the emerging and related areas of cyber conflict and cyber intelligence. The combined perspective is one that has not been previously explored at GW. The depth in which the subject matter is examined is also original for GW courses.
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