IA455 Contemporary Issues in Information Assurance
FALL 2020
Online via NUoodle & GoToMeeting

Professor M. E. Kabay, PhD
Professor D. M. Zeedick, EdD, CISM, CBCP

A capstone seminar for Computer Security and Information Assurance majors which will vary every term in accordance with the current issues of the time. Students work with the instructor as they explore today's issues and trends in preparation of a thesis or project. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, research and evaluation of current issues. Prerequisites: IS/IA 340 & 342; open to CSIA 2nd-semester juniors or higher, or by instructor permission.


Course description -- detailed assignments, grading, standards, requirements, policies, rewards, penalties, and also the Secret of Life, the Universe and Everything.

Syllabus/schedule -- PDF file with week-by-week listing of the course topics and deadlines. Shows student presentation teams.

Weekly Resources -- required and recommended readings and lectures:


Professors' Commentaries

Informal discussions of key points from your instructors.



Term-Project Guidelines -- how to avoid falling into a swamp of misery

Term-Paper Outline

Term-Paper Sample



Memo-Exam Sample written by Gregory Antonellis in 2013 and published in the InfoSec Perception column by Prof Kabay

Memo-Exam Grading Rubric -- how memo exams are graded



For additional useful tips and tricks, click on the Methods link: see

Computer-Aided Thematic Analysis -- how to organize reference material

Frequently Corrected Errors  -- checklist for avoid grammatical and usage errors in your technical writing

On Writing -- advice on style and methods in preparing term papers including notes on using references

SQ3R  -- Survey/Question/Read/Recite/Review -- effective studying     

Tips for Using Word
-- Using Word effectively, including especially using heading styles, generating table of contents automatically, using the reference database, inserting footnotes and references, and generating list of Works Cited automatically.

Tracking Changes in MS-Word 2003 (PPT) -- handling suggestions about your drafts from your instructors


UPDATED 2021-01-24

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Updated 2021-01-24