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Project ID: 301
Author: Kevin A. Krause
Project Title: Indroducing Shades of Gray into an Otherwise Black and White World: The Consideration of Ethics Education in the Graduate Information Assurance Curric
Semester: Spring 2008
Committe Chair: Dr. Mario Garcia
Committee Member 1: Dr. David Thomas
Committee Member 2: Dr. Ahmed Mahdy
Project Description: As we discuss the discipline of information assurance, we generally focus on one of the three major tenants: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Certainly, accomplishments in each area have made great strides in improving the overall security of our information systems. Still, challenges to information assurance practitioners remain twofold. First, changes in technology have both consistent and swift. In addition to working correctly and efficiently, defensive systems must accommodate change. Second, the "bad guys" hold a perceived upper hand since a single exploit is usually all that is required to compromise an entire system. Therefore, defensive countermeasures need to be always on, complete, and robust. But, solutions offered in the areas of confidentiality, integrity, and availability have social ramifications as well. Information security professionals need to be always cognizant of the ethical issues associated with the problems they are asked to solve. This project seeks to promote ethical awareness among those computer science graduate students undertaking the information assurance and security track. Ultimately, the goal is to avoid future ethical blunders by incorporating ethical consideration into the solution formulation process.
Project URL:   301.pdf