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Learner Reviews & Feedback for International Cyber Conflicts by The State University of New York

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About the Course

By nature, cyber conflicts are an international issue that span across nation-state borders. By the end of the course, you will be able to apply the knowledge gained for analysis and management of international cyber incidents and conflicts including for activities such as development of policy related to cybercrime and cyberwarfare. Management of cyber incidents and conflicts requires an interdisciplinary perspective including an understanding of: 1) characteristics of the cyber threats and conflicts themselves, 2) international efforts to reduce and improve cyber security, and 3) psychological and sociopolitical factors. The course is designed to reach an international audience and will encourage discussion on relevant current events among participants to enrich the experience with various personal and cultural perspectives on cutting-edge issues. In addition, assignments and other assessments will supplement video lectures and selected readings to ensure application of the material. After taking this course you will be able to: • Identify different types of actors involved in cyber threats (individuals, organizations & nation-states) • Distinguish between different types of threats and issues in cyber security including, data theft, political espionage, critical infrastructure protection, and propaganda • Detail the basic characteristics of the Internet infrastructure and international efforts to address Internet governance • List several international efforts to address cyber crime and espionage • Evaluate how principals that govern international conflicts might be applied in context of cyber security • Apply different psychological theories of human motivation and cooperation and communication and political theories in analysis of different international issues related to cyber security including censorship, media operations and role of social technologies. Grading: Your grade is assessed based on discussion posts and quizzes. Individual taking this course for credit (i.e. students at the University at Albany y will be required to engage in additional activities communicated to them directly). Recommended Background: No background knowledge or skills are necessary, but an understanding and familiarity of cyber security, Internet infrastructure and international law would be advantageous for anyone who participates in the course. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Ersin Dincelli and Nic DePaula were the instructional designers for the course who assisted in the recording of the videos, reviewing material, creating slides, assessments and some of the content. Without their tremendous effort this would not have been possible. We also acknowledge the financial support for the recordings from the University at Albany as well as the support from Media and Marketing. Finally, thanks to Lisa Stephens who is the SUNY liaison to Coursera for being a strong supporter of the MOOC....

Top reviews


Oct 18, 2022

Professor Goel Delivered the basics and complexities on why International Cyber Conflicts occuring. Needs to cover the recent Cyber conflict between Russia Ukraine and NATO


Aug 15, 2020

Great course! Learned a lot about Cyber Warfare and how countries can build up trust and cooperation between themselves to tackle third party threats in the cyberspace.

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By Sassja M J

Mar 2, 2023

The curriculum was not updated. Alot of the reading meterial was no longer available. Many of the examples in videos could have been updated to current scenarios, conflicts.

By Michele C S

Jul 22, 2020

Professor quality was not up to expected. Material was interesting, but lectures could have been less monotone. Some of the links to reading material were broken.

By Nora J

Feb 1, 2021

An interesting course, informative, yet the instructor speaks in a nervous way and can be very challenging to understand well from him and enjoy the course

By Richard F R

May 20, 2018

Cyber topic speaker needs more speaking practice: too wooden, h. Need to include downloadable files of lecture slides.

By Tunç S

Apr 22, 2021

Content is not always focused on main topic and questions of quizzes are not clear, answers are ambiguous.

By Ivan G

Jun 23, 2019

Informative, however Indian dude's pronunciation is awful, luckily they have subtitles.

By Navneet H

Apr 29, 2017

It's Ok, nothing much to gain iin terms of knowledge realted to cyber conflict.

By Oleksandr K

Aug 15, 2017

Way too basic: about everything and nothing at the same time.

By Thomas C

Jun 23, 2016

Wished the course was a deeper dive into this area.

By Athena A

Mar 17, 2018

Was ok, got a little boring after week 2

By Francesco P

Feb 22, 2021

I felt the course was incomplete

By Surabhi T

Apr 24, 2020

great work with best effort

By Ionut M C

May 5, 2019

Not very challenging.

By Lydianne

Jan 27, 2019

Not very in depth.

By Marco

Oct 9, 2020

Too much generic

By Yaki M

Feb 25, 2019

I think the course was OK, though not much more than that.

I was rather disappointed from the way professor Sanjay Goel carried his part: It was very dry. Not interesting. It was clear that he was reading from his papers rather then telling/ sharing something with us. It's almost better to just read the text- only that then one misses the pop-up questions.

Professor Williams lectures were much better to my opinion. He is far more engaged. I found his part more interesting and easier to follow.

Having said that, I'd like to thank them both for creating this course and putting an effort.

By Arjan K

Sep 13, 2017

For me this course lacks substance. It is just high level and a quick insight. I feel it should be developed much further, broader and deeper before it should be on this platform. It might be good if you are completely unaware of the topic, but working in IT this brings nothing new.

By Jeffrey B

May 22, 2018

Too much emphasis on the psychology of conflict. The last lecture references future lectures, but none exist. Doesn't seem to be well-organized.

By T T

Nov 8, 2018

Very basic, some of the points made are based too much in theory and don't relate to the reality of the cyber environment.

By Nathan R

Aug 8, 2016

Professors accent very hard to understand. Week 5's lesson should be reviewed as may have no place in class

By Aleksandar T

Jun 13, 2016

I'm sorry that I'm going to sound harsh, but this course is useless.

It touches so many different topics without going deeply into any of them. All you get is a basic knowledge about All Things Cyber™.

The recommended readings are all over the place, the video captions look like they're just a basic speech recognition and like nobody actually proof read them. They're full of errors. Lecturers say one word, captions show a completely different word. Plus, they're full of spelling errors. (Kadafi regime in Libya!? Really!?)

You can get the same amount of knowledge by reading two or three Wikipedia pages. Don't waste your time on this course.

By Stephen P

Sep 13, 2021

I have been trying to pass Exam 1 for 5 months. I have even went word for word with the Instructors for the answers and yet the test states the answers are incorrect. I passed the other Exams from Week 2 to Week 5 with easy. But Week 1 exam is very incorrect in its grading mechanism. FAIL. And I have been in cybersecurity for over 35 years.

By ritu g

Jul 28, 2021

The course was average.

By Stephen F

Aug 5, 2021