This assignment will be one of several throughout your PhD program that we use to help you prepare for the dissertation process. One of the core competencies necessary to succeed in a doctoral program is the ability to identify other research that pertains to your own. This means you’ll have to identify similar research, read the papers, and assimilate prior work into your own research. A literature review helps you develop and hone these research skills.
This assignment is listed on the syllabus as “Literature Review” and is worth 25% of your grade. Your paper will be an Literature Review, specifically focusing on countermeasures necessary to protect the national infrastructure from cyberattack.
The question you’ll address is: “What are the specific characteristics of countermeasures required to protect national infrastructure from emerging threats of cyberattack?“
You paper must be in correct APA format, use correct grammar, consist of a minimum of 500 words, and will need to include at least ten (10) resources, ALL of which must:
1) Be current. Published within the last few years. (i.e. since 2014)
2) Be peer-reviewed.
3) Relate directly to the question posed above.
Additionally, you MUST upload a pdf of EVERY paper that appears in your reference list.
Remember that a literature review is not the same as an abstract. Abstracts are descriptive. A literature review tells the reader what other researchers have written about a topic. You must find pertinent and relevant resources, group them into logical “collections”, and the organize your review into a logical presentation of other research.Your literature review should be descriptive and representative of the work other researchers have done in your area.
Here are a few resources that describe literature reviews:
Every resource you choose must be peer reviewed. That means the paper must have undergone a formal peer review before being published in a journal or presented at a conference. You must ensure that your resources have undergone rigorous reviews. In most cases, you can find out the review process for a conference or journal by visiting the appropriate web site. Do not simply assume that a resource is peer reviewed – check it out.
If you are not sure how to identify peer reviewed papers or articles, please visit the following resources: