How should digital investigators and cyber security specialists conduct themselves in their profession? How might moral philosophy inform ethical practice in this arena? What does ethical practice in this arena look like? In this online course you will examine ethical challenges for cyber security and digital investigations in the digital environment. You will examine different ethical frameworks that underpin critical decision-making in digital environment investigations and examine ethical issues relating to information management and obligations in respect of managing risks. You will learn to recognise conflict of interests, and how to manage them.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning material.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning material.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online interactive zoom workshop.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
MODULE 1 – WHAT DO WE MEAN BY ETHICS?
How is human behaviour regulated?
What does cyber-harm look like?
What is my duty? (Deontological ethics)
What will achieve the most good? (Utilitarian ethics)
What should I aspire to be? (Virtue ethics)
What are applied ethics?
MODULE 2 – ETHICS IN PRACTICE
The virtual reality of privacy and public space
Information management: privacy and dataveillance
Information management: data integrity
Risk management as a moral obligation
Networking ethics for cyber-cummunity safety
Should cybercrime be investigated? (Policy ethics)
600 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Explain, apply, and justify ethical frameworks and decision-making in cybersecurity and digital investigations.||
|2||Reflect and recognise differing ethical perspectives in cybersecurity and digital investigations.||
|3||Identify harms, conflicts, and risks in cybersecurity and digital investigations.||
|4||Undertake and communicate research, analysis, and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.||Engaged|
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Enrolled in Program SC509, SC517, SC705 or BU708
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
This course will have weekly check-ins via zoom chats to ensure you are managing the content and expectations of the course.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Literature Review (or component)||Individual||15%||
|Week 4||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 10||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Annotated bibliography|
You will develop and apply information literacy skills.
|Product:||Literature Review (or component)|
You will research and produce an initial annotated bibliography of sources relevant to the completion of Assessment 4.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Ethical decision-making|
You will explain and reflect on an ethical decision-making process contrasting the application of two different ethical frameworks in relation to the investigation of a cybersecurity episode scenario.
You will write an assessment and evaluation of the decision-making of a character described in a case study scenario against two theoretical ethics frameworks.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Ethics policies and analysis|
You will develop and apply ethical skills in the consideration and critiquing of cybersecurity policy options.
Building on and elaborating the annotated bibliography produced for Task 1, you will respond to a question concerning cybersecurity policy of moral significance. Applying ethical frameworks and concepts learnt during this course, you will evaluate policy options and the morally significant issues arising. You will demonstrate your acquired understanding of moral justification and ethical efficacy.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Mary Manjikian||2018||Cybersecurity Ethics: An Introduction||n/a||Routledge|
|Recommended||HERMAN T. TAVANI||2016||ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY||n/a||n/a|
|Recommended||Jonathan Beever,Rudy McDaniel,Nancy A. Stanlick||0||Understanding Digital Ethics||n/a||n/a|
This is an online course therefore access to a computer and stable internet connection for at least 10 hours a week is essential. For synchronous online tutorial classes, access to a computer equipped with in-built or peripheral webcam and microphone is necessary.
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