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Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare

Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare

Professor Paul Rosenzweig,
The George Washington University Law School

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Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare

Course No. 9523
Professor Paul Rosenzweig,
The George Washington University Law School
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  • You should buy video if you prefer learning visually and wish to take advantage of the visual elements featured in this course. The video version contains hundreds of helpful visual elements to represent the intangible concepts of cyberspace. The graphics, video clips, and illustrated text help to illuminate how different cyber attacks work, the scope of the global cyber domain, and interesting ways to look at some of the big issues facing cybersecurity, while 3-D maps help you pinpoint where threats are emerging around the world. Specially commissioned animations also take you through a range of concepts and detailed infographics that help you visualize complex systems and cyber attacks.
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Course Overview

Cyberspace is the 21st century's greatest engine of change. And it's everywhere. Telecommunications, commercial and financial systems, government operations, food production - virtually every aspect of global civilization now depends on interconnected cyber systems to operate; systems that have helped advance medicine, streamline everyday commerce, and so much more. Which makes keeping these systems safe from threat one of the most pressing problems we face.

There are billions of Internet users connected to one another, and every minute, these parties create mind-boggling amounts of new information and data. Yet because cyberspace is so vast, flexible, and unregulated (and because it grows in leaps and bounds every year), all these users are highly vulnerable to dangers from cyber criminals, rogue nation-states, and other outside forces.

Just how important an issue is cybersecurity? Consider these points:

  • Every minute, individuals and organizations hack multiple websites around the world.
  • Each year, experts discover millions of new pieces of malware designed to illegally tamper with computer systems.
  • Yearly, cyber crime leads to astounding global monetary losses of billions and billions of dollars.
  • In just a single year, millions of people will find themselves the victims of cyber identity fraud.

Public policymakers and technology experts agree: Cybersecurity and the issues associated with it will affect everyone on the planet in some way. That means the more you know about this hot-button topic, the better prepared you'll be to protect yourself, to weigh in on the political and ethical issues involved, and to understand new threats (and new solutions) as they emerge.

Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare is your guide to understanding the intricate nature of this pressing subject. Delivered by cybersecurity expert and professor Paul Rosenzweig of The George Washington University Law School, these 18 engaging lectures will open your eyes to the structure of the Internet, the unique dangers it breeds, and the ways we're learning how to understand, manage, and reduce these dangers. Combining an expert lecturer with a fascinating topic, this course is a riveting learning experience that immerses you in the invisible world of codes, computer viruses, and digital espionage, and offers an enthralling look at the high-stakes battles of tomorrow.

Explore the Range of Cyber Threats Out There

Thinking about Cybersecurity is laid out in a clear, systematic fashion so that you never feel overwhelmed by a topic that can seem mindboggling. Professor Rosenzweig starts by giving you a solid foundation of how the Internet and cyberspace are built, why cyber systems work the way they do, and how technical experts and scientists have attempted to "map" them out.

From there, you'll take a comprehensive look at the different types of viruses and vulnerabilities infecting the cyber domain and interfering with both technology and the real aspects of life that technology supports. You'll explore an entire cyber arsenal of threats both large and small, including:

  • spiders, automated programs that crawl around the Internet and harvest personal data;
  • keystroke loggers, programs that actually capture the keystrokes entered on a computer's keyboard; and
  • advanced persistent threats, which intrude into computer systems for long periods of time and make computers vulnerable to continuous monitoring.

And those are only a few. Using case studies drawn straight from contemporary headlines, Professor Rosenzweig gives you a solid grasp of who in cyberspace is using these and other weapons - individual hackers, "hacktivists," crime syndicates, and, increasingly, large nations - and what their motivations are for doing so.

Probe Intriguing Cybersecurity Issues

While we can never completely protect cyberspace from threat, we are far from helpless. Thinking about Cybersecurity focuses on some of the high-tech methods corporations and governments are developing and using to find cyber threats, protect themselves from future attacks, track down perpetrators, and stave off the threat of all-out cyber war.

But you'll also go deeper than that. You'll examine the intricate law and policy issues involved in dealing with these threats.

  • How do government constitutions both protect civil liberties and limit the ability of people to protect themselves?
  • How should privacy be defined in a modern world where personal data can now be tracked and shared?
  • Should cyber warfare follow the same rules of armed conflict that exist on the physical battlefield, or do we need to come up with new ethics and rules?

In addition, you'll get a chance to place everything you've learned about cybersecurity in the context of everyday life. Professor Rosenzweig offers sensible tips on how best to protect yourself, your network, or your business from attack or data loss.

Understand, Manage, and Reduce Your Risks

Central to Thinking about Cybersecurity is Professor Rosenzweig's expertise in this relatively new field. As a former deputy assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an author of noted books on cyberspace and national security, and a frequent lecturer on cybersecurity law and policy, he is the perfect guide for a journey deep into the heart of this all-important subject.

Accompanying his informative lectures are a wealth of dynamic green-screen effects, 3-D animations, and other visual tools that help you understand:

  • theoretical views of cyberspace,
  • how information spreads around the world,
  • how viruses attack computer systems, and
  • how special tools and programs block those attacks.

By actually immersing you in the cyber world, the green-screen sequences in particular make learning about cybersecurity more engaging and visually accessible than anything you could find in a textbook.

Professor Rosenzweig takes care to emphasize throughout Thinking about Cybersecurity that the situation is never hopeless, despite the seriousness of cybersecurity threats and the rapidly evolving challenges they present. "Internet openness brings risks and dangers that cannot be eliminated," he notes. "But they are risks that can be understood, managed, and reduced. By the end of this course, you'll have a greater appreciation for what governments and individuals are doing - and can do - to reduce these risks."

Disclaimer:
The views expressed in this course are those of the professor and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

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18 lectures
 |  32 minutes each
Year Released: 2013
  • 1
    Stuxnet—The First Cyber Guided Missile
    Your introduction to the fascinating—and fascinatingly dangerous—world of cybersecurity begins with the story of “Stuxnet.” Learn how this unique piece of malware, which shut down a uranium enrichment facility in Iran, signaled the dawn of a new age in which viruses and other cyber threats can manipulate the physical world. x
  • 2
    The Incredible Scope of Cyberspace
    What makes the Internet so vulnerable is its ability to connect, and to be connected to, anyone and almost anything. Here, explore how cyberspace works. You’ll learn what goes on behind the scenes of a simple Internet search, how a simple TCP/IP system functions, the five layers of connections that make up a conceptual “map” of cyberspace, and more. x
  • 3
    The Five Gateways of Internet Vulnerability
    Take a closer look at the cyber domain’s inherent vulnerability to cyber threats. Professor Rosenzweig explains the five key gateways to this vulnerability, including the Internet’s ability to destroy time and space; allow users to act in ways they can’t in the physical world; and operate without international boundaries. x
  • 4
    Of Viruses, Botnets, and Logic Bombs
    Learn about some of the most dangerous ways people can exploit the Internet’s vulnerabilities, including DDoS attacks (which flood websites with connection requests), “Trojans” (malware hidden inside an innocent piece of information), and “botnets” (which control computers like puppets). Then, investigate some common defense mechanisms that help pinpoint and capture these threats. x
  • 5
    The Problem of Identity on the Network
    Identification is perhaps the single most profound challenge for cybersecurity today. In this lecture, delve into the question of network anonymity and identity. Who maintains domain names? How can people obscure their identities for malicious purposes? How are network designers fighting back against this threat? What are the ethical problems involved in this issue? x
  • 6
    Cyber Fraud, Theft, and Organized Crime
    Professor Rosenzweig leads you on an examination of all-too-common instances of cybercrime that involve fraud and identity theft. You’ll encounter crimes that mimic real-world ones (with a computer as the “weapon”) and “computer crimes” that are only possible in the cyber world. Then, find out how law enforcement authorities are fighting back against organized, international cyber criminals. x
  • 7
    Hacktivists and Insurgency
    Enter the netherworld of hacktivism, or the use of computer hacking methods to stage protests and make political statements. In this lecture, learn to identify and distinguish the “good guys” from the “bad guys” by exploring real-world examples that illustrate the three major types of hacktivists: political activists, cyber insurgents, and mischief makers. x
  • 8
    Nations at Cyber War
    Turn now to the highest level of cyber conflict: a cyber war between nation-states. What is meant by the term “cyber war”? How does one fight a battle in cyberspace? What do the enemies look like? Do traditional international rules of armed conflict apply? How do we counter such an attack—and should we? x
  • 9
    Government Regulation of Cyberspace
    Join the debate about government regulation of cyberspace with this lecture that considers both sides of the issue. By looking at the debate in America over government oversight of cybersecurity (and whether we even need it at all), you’ll be better informed about a topic that has serious ramifications for how you use the Internet. x
  • 10
    International Governance and the Internet
    Continue exploring rules and regulations about the Internet, this time on the international level. First, Professor Rosenzweig discusses existing Internet governance and the dynamics leading to change. Then, he assesses some of the barriers to effective international governance of the Internet. Is the current structure, with all of its flaws, better than the alternatives? x
  • 11
    The Constitution and Cyberspace
    Return to American policies on cybersecurity, this time focusing on the idea of government monitoring of the Internet. Start by learning all about how on-network monitoring systems work. After that, step back and examine how government monitoring is enforced and limited—but not prohibited—by the Constitution. x
  • 12
    Big Data—“They” Know Everything about You
    In the first of two lectures on personal data tracking and privacy, ponder the problem of “Big Data”—where your Internet searches can be tracked, your cellphone can broadcast your geographical location instantly, and your online purchases can be catalogued. It’s a frightening aspect of cybersecurity, and one that, unfortunately, is here to stay. x
  • 13
    Privacy for the Cyber Age
    It appears our current conceptions of privacy in cyberspace will disappear. So what can we do about it? By exploring how the government and private sector use “Big Data”—and how “Big Data” can keep the government honest—you’ll discover insights into how we can evolve our privacy laws while embracing new technologies. x
  • 14
    Listening In and Going Dark
    Learn how encryption and wiretapping work in cyberspace, and how both methods are becoming increasingly frustrating for law enforcement and national security officials. This “going dark” phenomenon, as you’ll find in this eye-opening discussion, brings benefits and causes problems—and the solutions seem to bring problems of their own. x
  • 15
    The Devil in the Chips—Hardware Failures
    Hardware-based threats are one of the most vexing problems in the entire cybersecurity domain. How do we know that our machines will actually do what we tell them to do? Why is compromised hardware such a critical threat to cybersecurity? What are some possible solutions for dangers hidden in computer chips? x
  • 16
    Protecting Yourself in Cyberspace
    Get practical tips on how to reduce your own risk of danger online in your professional and personal life. You’ll find out how to choose the most effective passwords, how to set up the most effective personal computer security systems, how to encrypt and erase personal data and documents, and much more. x
  • 17
    Critical Infrastructure and Resiliency
    Take an alternate approach to cybersecurity, this time focusing on resiliency and recovery. There may be good reason to think that creating a system that isn’t immune to failure but is less likely to be attacked—and better able to operate even while under attack—is the best course of action. x
  • 18
    Looking Forward—What Does the Future Hold?
    Finish the course with a helpful summary of the main issues and arguments involved in the current state of cybersecurity throughout the world. Then, take an intriguing peek into the future to explore possible—and even radical—new developments that may shape this powerful and important topic for years to come. x

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Paul Rosenzweig
The George Washington University Law School
Paul Rosenzweig is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he lectures on cybersecurity law and policy. He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Near East South Asian Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Professor Rosenzweig is a cum laude graduate of The University of Chicago Law School. In his nonacademic endeavors, Professor...
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 44 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Frightening... i came away with an excellent overview of the Cyber-Security elements,both currently, and historically. All of it excellently presented by the Professor. Unfortunately, I have had this course in my library for a long time, and have just now gotten around to completing it, in addition to absorbing the wrote material, I came away with the impression that the future of Cyber-Security is anyones game. Although we are running to stay ahead, those that would do us harm are working just as hard. This story doesn't end well... May 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent course on Cyber Security I would like to thank Professor Rosenweig for this effort. This course will help anyone interested in understanding how to use, and how some people abuse, the Internet. Professor Rosenweig explains issues pertaining to Cyber Security in a clear, and concise manner. I liked this course so much I just purchased his Surveillance State course. Oh, and one more thing, I have over twenty years experience in computer, network, and cyber security. And I still found this course beneficial!! I do not believe there is a college or university in this country that offers a class on this subject for less than The Great Courses price. Thanks also to The Great Courses for offering such interesting topics. March 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Courses in General My fundamental problem with Great Courses is their superficiality. Those in our group who are watching these courses have post-graduate education. We have viewed about five of the courses that deal with mathematics and physics and find them lacking sufficient depth to get any more than a very casual understanding of the topics, February 11, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by If you use the internet you should listen to this An excellent course. Everyone who uses the internet should take this course to understand the vulnerabilities that exist in cyber space today and the responses available. Pluses: • The professor covered the following material well: o How the five gateways of internet vulnerability result in cyber threats being drastically different from traditional threats/war o Descriptions of the various types of threats (including DDoS, Botnets, financial/intellectual theft, espionage, war acts such as the disruption of the electrical grid or shutting down a uranium enrichment facility, and hardware-based threats) o Descriptions of the malicious actors in cyberspace (including petty criminals, organized crime, hacktivists, and nation states) o The legal ramifications of violating a “terms of service” you accept when you sign up for a service on the internet o The debate on whether the government should provide oversight of cyber security on the internet as a whole and, if so, how much? Can policies keep up with the pace of technological advances? o The debate on whether the government should monitor internet usage for national security reasons and, if so, to what degree? o The debate on the definition of privacy in this new age: Do our existing privacy laws need to be revised and updated to reflect technological advances? • The professor provided both sides of an argument or case for the controversy topics such as privacy protection and government policy on cyber security controls and gave his own views • The professor kept the technical minutia to a minimum making it easy to follow the technological discussions One minus: • I found myself hoping the professor would’ve provided a few more examples (whether real life use cases or theoretic possibilities) when explaining certain topics (such as hardware threats) November 28, 2015
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