Mandatory format guidance for essay assignments


The following guidelines for each assignment apply to every individual assignment for the course. These guidelines are mandatory; submitted assignments that do not meet these guidelines will be given a zero for the assignment.. Originality Score is provided on the front or at the end of the paper.

    1. The paper has 1” margins all-around (top, bottom, left, and right margins) using US letter paper size.
    2. Paper is of the expected length (page and word count). References do not count for page length or word count.
    3. The paper has a title, author, course, and section on the first page. The title is centered, three inches from top of the page. The title must be centered in all caps. The title must identify the assignment number and the student’s title for their work for the assignment (for example, IA1 – WHY I WRITE). The author’s name must centered on the line below the title. The course and section identifiers must be on the second line below the title, centered.
    4. Text must be in Times or Times New Roman font, 12pt, 1.5 line or double spacing.
    5. The paper must be divided and organized by sections. Each section has a numbered, left aligned, bold, 14pt section header. The Introduction section is section number 1.
    6. Every paper must have a Summary and Conclusion section as the last section in the paper.
    7. Paragraphs must have 6pt spacing between paragraphs (which can be set using the Format-Paragraph menu in Word) and must have a .5” indent. Paragraphs must be 1.5 line or double spaced.
    8. Lines and paragraphs must not be numbered.
    9. Pages must be numbered at the bottom, with the page number centered on the page.
    10. APA style guide is used only for citations and references.
    11. Sentences should not be longer than 25 words. Exceed that length at your own risk.
    12. The paper must have at least eight professional/scholarly quality references (professional journal or refereed academic conference) or more if required by a particular IA’s rubric. The references must be cited in the paper.
    13. The original paper must be submitted in the assignments folder in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
  • The Turnitin originality report IN FULL must be submitted in the assignments folder in Adobe .pdf format.

15.Individual Assignment #1—Instructions
IA#1 Cybercrime Law, Regulation, Effects on Innovation 

Course Objective: Research cybersecurity laws, regulations and legal concepts, and relate them to managerial decisions needed to protect national security.
Each student explores cybersecurity as a public good. 

16.   Answer these questions:
1. How should government justify telling private industry how to set up or improve their cybersecurity? 
    •    Keeping the focus on national security concerns, clearly discuss the compelling sociopolitical reasons, motivations, or arguments for or against government intervention into private sector cybersecurity.
    •    Clearly discuss the methods of government intervention. That is, what authorities (such as laws, regulations and rules) give the executive or legislative representatives the right to regulate private industry?
    •    Describe real-world examples that help support your discussion.
2. Clearly discuss the impacts/effects, if any, on national security due to government regulation required to be implemented by private industry. 
    •    Clearly discuss effects on national security that might result from (a) failure to comply with related cyber regulations or requirements, (b) meeting only the minimum requirements, and (c) exceeding the minimum requirements. 
    •    Clearly discuss whether private industry now has a responsibility to protect national security through implementing good cybersecurity controls imposed by government regulation. 
    •    Describe real-world examples that help support your discussion.
Hint: First prepare an outline based on the questions asked in this assignment.  The outline is not submitted as part of the final report, but it should be used to help structure your TOC.  Also, the introduction should provide a brief preview for the reader, indicating what areas your research explored.  Do this for all your research papers, both the individual and the team projects.
Length 5-7 pages, due at the end of Week 2.
Prepare your paper in Word format. It should be double-spaced with one-inch margins all around. The citations and the reference list in the paper should be formatted in accordance with APA 6th edition guidelines. 
The paper must include: cover page, table of contents, introduction, section headings and subheadings, conclusions, APA compliant in-text citations and list of references, and page numbers. The page count starts with the introduction and ends with the conclusions. The questions asked in the assignment should first be outlined (the outline is not included in the document), then the outline should be used to create the Table of Contents and the document sub-headings.  The Introduction should briefly preview each sub-heading in the document.
IMPORTANT: Before you submit your paper, you will need to run your assignment through and receive an originality report. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO THIS. It may take several hours to a day or two for to do this.

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