Risks and Threat Assessment


Research Activity 2: Risks and Threat Assessment:

Research Activity 2: Risks and Threat Assessments: Risk and Threat Assessment of today’s businesses. The objective of business is to minimize the impact of known and unknown threat. (8 Points)


Business need practical risk management stratagem to deal with today's evolving threats. Hackers, or cybercriminals, are persistently looking for ways to steal corporate data - personal information, healthcare data, financial records and other proprietary information. Faced with the increased data breaches, cybersecurity risk and vulnerability, businesses are determined to develop countermeasures to protect valuable assets. 


Write a research paper on the Risk and Threat Assessment of today’s businesses. The objective of an organization is to minimize the impact of and setup defense mechanism of known and unknown threat. (8 Points)


Support your paper with a minimum of three (3) resources, which may include your required text book or material and other appropriate scholarly resources. Older resources must be within the last four years.

Length: 4-5 pages not including title and reference pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards
http://www.apastyle.org/.  Be sure to adhere to Wilmington University's Academic Integrity Policy https://www.wilmu.edu/studentlife/acadintegrity.aspx.


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Determining if a Reference is a Scholarly Reference

Introductory Thoughts...

        I know that I am not alone as a professor in stating this topic is one of my biggest frustrations as a professor!! This is becoming increasingly true as more & more students use the internet to obtain sources for their class papers. Not using appropriate references can also be a reason for losing points on an otherwise well written paper.

        Recently, I have received many papers with not only had some sources which were not scholarly, but had no sources which were scholarly! Frequently, this occurs when students do not take the proper time to plan for a paper. I was a pretty good procrastinator while I was in graduate school the first time. However, I always made sure that I had my resources well in advance. Then I was able to procrastinate writing the project and still write a good paper (though not as good as if I had not procrastinated at all). If you wait to the last minute, you will frequently not be able to find enough scholarly resources.

        For most professors, a minimum of 8 sources from outside of class is typical for a scholarly paper. While this shouldn't be difficult to obtain, even if you only have access to a educational library with minimal resources, you will need to allow for time to track these sources down.


One good prefatory rule of thumb: If you are not sure if a source is scholarly, ask your librarian!


Where to Find Scholarly Resources

        The best place to find scholarly resources is through at college, university, medical library or other educational library. Most public libraries do not contain many scholarly references and those which are available are not as likely to be up-to-date. Academic libraries are designed to meet the needs of scholars making this is the best place to look. Generally, you'll save time by driving a little further to a scholarly library instead of searching a public library with limited resources.

        School library are increasingly providing many good, scholarly resources through the web. Generally, these are accessible through your home computer with a password. When you start at a new school, it is good to quickly become familiar with these resources. It will save you time and frustration.

        In general, most scholarly resources are not available for free. If you find a free web resource, then you may want to do some double checking to make sure it's scholarly. Your school generally pays a substantial amount of money for you, your professors, and other students to have access to these online resources. This is why they are password protected.


One good prefatory rule of thumb: If you are not sure if a source is scholarly, ask your librarian!



Journals versus Magazines

        Rarely are magazine scholarly. If you can find the periodical at your local Barnes and Noble, it's probably intended for a more lay audience. If you are unsure you may want to take into consideration the peer review and intended audience factor discussed below.

        There are some interesting exceptions, though. Some professional organizations provide newsletters or magazine style publications which are scholarly. The most common example is the APA Monitor. Another is the Perspectives magazine of the Association for Humanistic Psychology (click here to see AHP Perspectives on the web for an example). While these may be considered scholarly, you still want to use them sparingly. These are articles "in brief" and generally are not as in depth as a journal article. If you rely too much on these your professor will become suspicious that you may be trying to avoid doing the work of the paper.


Web Pages


        Most web pages, even when they are developed by scholars, are not scholarly sources. Again, you are going to want to take a look at the questions of intended audience and peer review discussed in more detail below. In brief, for a web page to be scholarly it should be intended for a professional audience and be peer-reviewed. 

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