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George Mason U. COURSE: AIT 690.007 – CYBER OPERATIONS

Professor Paul A. Strassmann
Office: Room 5359, Engineering Bldg, Fairfax Campus
phone: 203-966-5505; email: ;
web for AIT 690.007:
On line office Hours: Th 5:30-7:00, or for appointment call 203-966-5505
This course provides graduate students with an overview of current Cyber Operations issues. The course content deals with topics that are of primary interest to the Department of Defense and its contractors who will be carrying much of the responsibility for actual implementation of cyber-related systems.
The subject matter covered will be diverse and will cover the following:

Session 1: The Economics of Cyber Operations – In classroom
Session 2: Organization for Cyber Operations - online
Session 3: Cyber Networks – Internet - online
Session 4: Cyber Networks – DoD Networks - online
Session 5: Legacy Applications for Cyber Operations - online
Session 6: Desktop Virtualization for Cyber Operations - online
Session 7: Data Center Clouds for Cyber Operations - online
Session 8: Semantic Software in a Cyber Environment - online
Session 9: Open Source Software - online
Session 10: Data Storage and Systems Reliability - online
Session 11: Attacks on Cyber Networks - online
Session 12: Security of Cyber Operation - online
Session 13: Social Networks – in classroom

Included for Each Session:
A. Slide presentation, 50+ slides; B: Required Reading – four published papers; C: Study assignment of four questions to be submitted in next class. Students will be graded for work submitted for each class; D: Submission of Cyber Operations case study in lieu of Final Exam. Will be graded; E: A recorded transcript will be available for each session; F: An approx 200-page reference text will be published for this class.
F: Classes will be held from 7:20 to 9:20 PM on the following dates: January 27. 2011; February 3; February 10; February 17; February 24; March 3; March 10; March 24; March 31; April 7; April 14; April 21; April 28. Final Exam will be a compilation of results from assignments handed in for each class.

Seminar Structure
 This class is a seminar, which means that you must come to class prepared to discuss the week’s readings that will be posted and available for downloads on

A seminar works best when each participant is a contributor in the form of comments that can be posted on a WebEx page.  I have very high expectations of each student in the class to participate, as reflected in the following grading:

Grades in this class will be calculated as follows:
Class participation: 30%
Completed class work assignments: 70%
Weekly Activity