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ITS 834 Emerging Threats and Countermeasures

Total points – 100

Midterm Research Paper- The paper is due on end of day Sunday March 29, 2020

Write a research paper on the topic

Cyber warfare and its implications for the United States

Your research paper should be minimally 10 pages (double spaced, Font – Georgia with

font size 12). The research paper needs to refer to the following source

❑ Kostyuk, N., and Zhukov., M., Y. (2019). Invisible Digital Front: Can Cyber

Attacks Shape Battlefield Events? Journal of Conflict Resolution, 63(2)., 317-347.

(pfd version of paper is uploaded to module 4 in d2l).

❑ In addition you need to have at least 5 peer reviewed journal/book references

The research needs to minimally discuss the following

❑ The relevance of cyber warfare for the United States

❑ What are some examples of possible cyber warfare scenarios where critical

infrastructure could be affected

❑ Emerging technologies that can be used for cyber warfare

❑ What does Kostyuk and Zhukov (2019) address mainly in their paper? Do you

agree with Kostyuk and Zhukov (2019) that cyber-attacks are ineffective as a tool

of coercion in war? Ensure to explain why or why not.

❑ Future implications of cyber warfare for the United States

The bibliography should be included as a separate page and is not part of the 10 page

requirement. Student assignments will be run through Safe Assignment. Please ensure

to check the safe assignment result prior to submitting.

You will have the chance to submit your assignment up to two times. So

please submit earlier than the due date so you can check your safe assign

score. You need to check your safe assign report to ensure there is no

instance of academic integrity violations.

Please refer to this link for information on the academic integrity policy at

the university

Please ensure to review the policy. If there are instances of academic

integrity policy violations in your paper, you will not receive a grade for the

assignment and will be referred to the department.

Please note the following consequences for instances of academic integrity


1. First Offense – 0 for the assignment

2. Second Offense – 0 for the course

3. Third Offense – Dismissal from the University

The university of Cumberland library can be assessed at

The research paper should include the following components.

● Title Page (Not part of the minimum 10 page requirement)

● Abstract (quick overview in your own words of the entire content of your paper,

limited to 200-350 words)

● Introduction (1-2 pages, relevance of cyber warfare for the U.S, example, possible


● Literature Review (2-4 pages, describes the research papers that you find in

reference to the topic of cyber warfare, emerging technologies that can be used,

the impact of cyber warfare)

● Discussion (2-3 pages) – (Your perspective on the topic of cyber warfare,

implications for the U.S, critical perspectives and/or recommendations)

● Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs, This provides a final summary of your research


● Bibliography in APA format

The following rubric will be used to grade your assessment

Evaluation Parameters Percentag
e Weight

Did the student respond to the research topic


Did the student conduct sufficient literature review of the topic 20

Did the student provide relevant examples to support viewpoints 20

Did the student meet the content requirements of the assignment and

discuss the key points identified in the question


Did the student provide a critical perspective on the topic


Did the student create a professional, well-developed report with proper

grammar, spelling, punctuation and APA formatting


Total 100%

Please refer to the following for APA guidelines


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