The research paper for this
residency requirement is intended to provide you with the opportunity to fully
explore an organization or company that suffered a catastrophic cyber event, as
well as examine it from a more empirical perspective. The details for this
assignment are found below.
The topic of the
Group's research paper must be pre-approved by emailing the professor by
the end of the first day of residency. By doing so, your group will
receive permission to proceed. The group research paper will consist of a
20-page paper at a minimum; not counting the title page, reference pages, and
graphs/tables/figures used for the research. The research paper will be written
in APA pertaining to a quality management or risk management issue-specific
topic -specifically relating to course content found in the textbook.
Here are detailed instructions:
1. Choose an organization,
company or agency that suffered a cyber-related attack within the past 5
2. Discuss in your paper the
specifics of the attack and how it negatively affected the organization. Make
sure you site your source and use in-text citations.
3. Use a table, figure, or any
other method to outline or display the type/s of attack/s that occurred and
what security controls potentially may have failed the organization.
4. Articulate in your paper
what the group believes could have prevented the reported cyber-attack, and,
specifically relate this to two or more learning objectives from our course.
Note: I will be paying close attention to this part of the research paper!
Therefore, fully discuss this portion in your writings. Use tables/graphs,
etc., as necessary.
5. Continually tie your
findings to the learning objectives of our course. Therefore, saying this, our
textbook will be one of your sources to be used for this assignment.
Things to do:
- Find and review articles,
online books, and other information to use for background and specific
information for your research paper.
- Write the paper with this
Title paper with each group member
name that participated throughout the research
b. Summarize and then describe the organization/company; including
details of the cyber-related incident
Critically analyze your
research topic; synthesize findings from your sources and tie them to our textbook
d. Propose what security controls, processes or mechanisms that could
have prevented the cyber-related incident
Conclude your research paper
with lessons learned by each group member from lessons learned from this class,
your research and your group’s proposed prevention recommendation.
1. Writing Style (i.e.,
professional writing with consideration given to spelling, grammar, format,
references and page count): 20%.
2. Content (i.e.,
addressing all portions of the presented topic, using main points and subpoints
as needed): 70%
will ensure are properly cited and referenced. Make sure to use at least
10 credible sources. Note: Wikipedia and other general Internet sources
are not allowed. Further, the sources must be within the past 5 years: 10%.
Good writing tips:
1. Use other literature
reviews and articles as a guide quotation: Quotations should generally not be
2. Voice: Avoid 1st Person
3. Avoid Slang; Use
4. Organize the Paper by
Topics not Chronology
5. Be Concise. Delete
unnecessary words, phrases, and sentences to drastically improve your writing.
Scientific writing is concise and to-the-point!
6. Revise and Rewrite as
7. Citations: It is
imperative that you use good citation habits. It is plagiarism to use other
writers’ words and ideas. Reword it if used in your research and apply the
necessary in-text citation