MSIA Instructional Materials

These files were created over many years for various courses by M. E. Kabay, PhD, CISSP-ISSMP and adapted for use in the Master of Science in Information Assurance by adding narration. All of them are Copyright (c) M. E. Kabay and were licensed for use by Norwich University in the MSIA program starting in 2002 at no cost to the University.

Some of these lectures were originally used in Seminar 2 of MSIA 1.0 and then became part of Seminar 6 in the MSIA 1.5.

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These narrated PowerPoint files (PPTX = PowerPoint 2007 & PPT = PowerPoint 2003 and earlier) are compressed using WinZIP to save download time; open with WinZIP or compatible software and run the PPT files as slide shows with sound enabled. You can download PowerPoint Viewer 2007 software for Windows from Microsoft free to see PowerPoint files without having PowerPoint.

(Sm Wnn = Seminar m, Week nn)



Applied Ethics
Auditing Information Security
E-mail and Internet Use Policies
Identification & Authentication
INFOSEC Update 2006
Intellectual Property Law Review 2010
Introduction to Cryptology
Introduction to Cyberlaw
Introduction to Database Management System Administration & Security
Leadership Skills
Management Skills
Managing Employment, Hiring & Firing
MSIA Review Course (2006) PPT
MSIA Review Course (2006) PDF

Organizational Psychology
Physical & Facilities Security
Solving Problems
Working with Vendors


INFOSEC UPDATE 2006 lecture notes

This workbook was used in the two-day workshop held at the MSIA Residency in June 2006 . The PDF file includes selected abstracts covering the previous 18 months of development across the field of information assurance. For complete listings of all abstracts in the INFOSEC YEAR IN REVIEW Database, see the IYIR section of this Web site.

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Introduction to Cryptology (GI512 Lecture)

  • Basic Concepts & Terminology
  • Types of Algorithm
  • Cryptanalysis Methods
  • Stronger Encryption
  • Asymmetric Encryption & the Public-Key Cryptosystem
  • Using PGP

Complete PPT lecture in ZIP file (29 MB) -- PowerPoint File for those who need to alter slides for their own purposes

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Introduction to Cyberlaw (GI511 Lectures):

S1 W07: Introduction to cyberlaw and jurisdiction (125 MB)
      PPT in ZIP    

S1 W08: Introduction to intellectual property law (109 MB)
      PPT in ZIP     

Additional non-narrated lecture notes on Legal Aspects of Investigating & Prosecuting Computer Crimes presented at 6th Annual MSIA Graduate Security Conference in a workshop on June 10, 2009.       PPT      PDF

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Introduction to Database Management System Administration & Security (GI512 S1 W04)

  • Part 1: Overview of Database Theory
    • Why study DBMS?
    • Historical Overview
    • DBMS Basics
    • Relational DB Theory
    • Fundamental Issues in DB Applications
  • Part 2: Administration & Concurrency Control
    • Database Administration
      • Configuration Control
      • Documentation
    • Concurrency Control
      • Atomic Transactions
      • Resource Locking
      • Consistent Transactions
      • Transaction Isolation Level
      • Cursor Type
  • Part 3: ACID Transactions
    • Atomic
    • Consistent
    • Isolated
    • Durable
  • Part 4: DB Security & Resource Management
    • Database Security
      • Processing Rights
      • I&A
      • Individuals & User Groups
      • Application Security
    • Database Recovery
      • Transactions
      • Application Logging
      • Transactions and Log Files
      • Backups & Log Files
      • Recovery from Backups
      • Recovery from Log Files
    • Resource Management
      • Performance
      • Inflection points
      • Capacity Planning
      • Statistical Projections
      • Packing Records by Key
      • Application Evolution

Updated March 2009 for use in MSIA GI512, Seminar 1 (starting June 2009).

Narrated PPT file (23 MB)

Non-narrated PPTX file (6 MB)

Script as PDF (350 KB)

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Leadership Skills Lecture (GI561 W07):

  • Leading Meetings – the Infrastructure
  • Ground Rules for Meetings
  • Presenting Information Effectively
  • Analytical Techniques

Complete PPT lecture in ZIP file (24 MB) -- PowerPoint File for those who need to alter slides for their own purposes

Breakdown into smaller PowerPoint (PPT) and PowerPoint Show (PPS) files in WinZIP archives for those with slower connections:
Part 1 as PPT (Infrastructure for good meetings) (2.7 MB)
Part 2 as PPT (Ground rules for meetings) (6.4 MB)
Part 3 as PPT
(Presenting information effectively) (3.4 MB)
Part 4 as PPT (Presenting information -- cont'd) (3.4 MB)
Part 5 as PPT (Analytical tools: Real-Time Notes, brainstorming, Computer-Aided Consensus, Post-It Cluster Analysis,) (5.6 MB)
Part 6 as PPT (Analysis cont'd: Functional-Matrix Analysis, Computer-Aided Thematic Analysis) (3.8 MB)

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Management Skills Lecture (GI561 W09):

  • Part 1 – Understanding Management Styles
    • Hawthorne Effect
    • Implications of the Hawthorne Effect
    • Theory X: Stick & Carrot
    • Theory Y (Douglas McGregor)
    • Theory Z (Abraham Maslow)
    • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    • Managerial Styles
  • Part 2 – Good Management Style
    • Involved
    • Available
    • Open
    • Supportive
    • Fair
    • Competent
    • Confident
    • Consistent
    • Realistic
    • Organized
    • Decisive
  • Part 3 – Creating and Maintaining a Good Team
    • MBO - Management by Objectives
    • MBWA - Management by Walking Around
    • Walk a Mile in Your Employees' Shoes
    • Hire the Best People You Can Find
    • Employee Career Development
    • What About Losing a Well-Trained Employee?
    • How Can We Keep Good Employees?
    • Technical Training
    • The Redundancy Rule

Complete PPT lecture in ZIP file (12 MB) -- PowerPoint File for those who need to alter slides for their own purposes

Breakdown into smaller PowerPoint (PPT) files in WinZIP archives for those with slower connections:
Part 1 as PPT (Management styles -- Hawthorne Effect, Theories X, Y, Z; Maslow's hierarchy of needs) (2.5 MB)
Part 2 as PPT (Good management style) (6.1 MB)
Part 3 as PPT (Creating & maintaining a good team) (4.4 MB)

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Organizational Psychology Lecture
(GI561 W01):

  • Social Dynamics of Your Group
    • How are Your Colleagues Organized?
    • What Kinds of Jobs Do Your Colleagues Do?
    • How Much Autonomy Do Your Colleagues Have?
    • Locus of Control
    • Understand Your Colleagues’ Goals
  • Applying Some Fundamental Concepts from Social Psychology
    • Attribution Theory
    • Social Cognition
    • The Schema
    • Judgement
    • Beliefs and Attitudes
    • Prejudice
    • Conformity, Compliance and Obedience
    • Pro-Social (Helpful) Behavior
    • Group Behavior
    • Social Loafing
    • Group Polarization
    • Groupthink
  • Personality Types and Social Styles

Updated November 2008 for use in MSIA 2.0 courses (begin June 2009).

Complete PPT lecture in ZIP file (41 MB) -- PowerPoint File for those who need to alter slides for their own purposes

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Additional Topics (all files in WinZIP archives):

Applied Ethics     PPT (29 MB)

Auditing Information Security     PPT (99 MB)

E-mail and Internet Use Policies     PPT (47 MB)

Identification & Authentication     PPT (45 MB)

Intellectual Property Law Review 2010     PPTX-PDF (3 MB)

Managing Employment, Hiring & Firing     PPT (80 MB)

Physical & Facilities Security     PPT (33 MB)

Solving Problems     PPT (4 MB)

Working with Vendors     PPT (5 MB)

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Updated 2015-07-22