Cybersecurity Ethics (2020)

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The intent of the Cybersecurity Ethics Knowledge Unit is to provide students with an understanding of ethics in a cyber context, to examine typical situations where ethical dilemmas arise and to provide the students with tools for ethical decision making.


After completing the KU, students will be able to:

  1. Explain how ethical foundations are applied to situations arising from the interconnected world.
  2. Examine diverse ethical dilemmas.
  3. Describe the role of cybersecurity in supporting and encouraging ethics, as well as where cybersecurity practices can cause ethical conflicts.


  1. Ethical Codes and Frameworks
  2. Ethics and Cyberspace
  3. Ethical Issues
    • Property
    • Availability
    • Rights of others
    • Respect and principles of community
    • Resource use, allocation, and abuse
    • Censorship
  4. Ethics-based decision tools
  5. Cybersecurity and social responsibility


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