ISA 797: Advanced Topics in Infosec:

Systems Policy and Legal Issues

Spring 2009

Monnesday, 4:30 – 7:10 p.m.

Innovation Hall 103

Prerequisites: MS-ISA required courses or equivalent

Dr. Edgar H. Sibley

Room 359, Science & Tech II

Office: 993-1669         Home: provided in class


I shall normally be in my office from about 3 PM to 4.15 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Other times will be made available by appointment (e-mailing me or call my office or home on other evenings to request a meeting).  All changes, grades, and announcements will be made on the web site or by e-mail.   


The course focuses on security in general and on the web to protect all uses of IT syatems.  plus its management nationally or internationally.  Issues include legal, policy, and problems due to local and international aspects of culture and commerxe.  Papers will be read and discussed primarily selected from the most important issues in security during the past year. Students are expected to participate by presenting material, discussing security issues, writong short papers on issues, and presenting a paper on a topic to be decided early in the semester.      



The elements of the course are weighted as follows:

Homework (4 at 25 each)


Major Paper and Presentation


Mid-term Exam


Presentations during the semester


Final Exam





Text: None.

Material will be available in the library or downloaded from the internet.  The list will be available two weeks before the first class


Provisional Outline

Homework given at dates with asterisks and are due two weeks later



Jan 26


Feb 2


Feb 9


Feb 16


Feb 23


Mar 2


Mar 16

Paper due

Mar 23


Mar 30


Apr 6


Apr 13


Apr 20


Apr 27


May 5



The paper must adhere to the defined page limit using the Times Roman font at 12 points with 1.5 line spacing and one-inch margins at the sides, top, and bottom of the document.  They will be considered late if they are not uploaded, on or before the due date, to my e-mail (  I will not accept hardcopy.  Late papers will be assessed a penalty equivalent to one grade level per day. 

The content of assignments is expected to be the original work product of the student.  All sources must be cited appropriately in the context of their usage and according to the style guide chosen.  Quotes and their source must be identified.  The use of the work product of others without attribution constitutes plagiarism and is an Honor Code violation.  Please note that paraphrasing sources can be plagiarism if the sequence of ideas is not your own.  Any student engaging in plagiarism will receive a failing grade for the course, and be the subject of an Honor Code hearing.  Please refer to the University Honor Code available at for additional information.  To guard against plagiarism and to treat students equitably, assignments may be checked against existing published materials or digital databases available through various plagiarism detection services.