Assignment 1. Cyber White Paper
(Due at the End of Week Four: 20% of Grade)
Within INTL 647 you are required to identify a cyber-related issue that requires a solution. In
this case, you will select a topic or issue as it relates to cyber space. This will form as the basis
for developing a Cyber Research Proposal (Assignment #2) and Cyber Issue Paper that focuses
on your selected cyber topic (Assignment #3).
You are encouraged to refer to Belcher, Wendy Laura. 2009. “Editing Your Sentences” In
Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks. A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Sage. This
resource has an excellent step-by-step process for enhancing your writing.
The goal of this assignment is to present a clear white paper. Your white paper should be
between 4-5 pages in length not including your references.
You will need to:
1) Identify a cyber related issue that requires closer examination.
2) Clearly state the problem.
3) Explain why this is an important issue. How will further research and solution assist with
mitigating the effects of this issue?
4) Offer a set of solutions, with an optimal solution for recommendation.
Format. Your paper should have a 1-inch border on all four sides, use Times New Roman-12
point font, be double spaced, and not have an extra space in between paragraphs. All references
and citations are in Chicago Turabian format.
Introduction/Synopsis. Identify and introduce your key issue. Provide a succinct synopsis of the
problem and why the issue merits further discussion and resolution.
Background/Problems. Outline the scope of the issue and provide background information to
orient your audience. The focus of this section is to orient a decision-maker to key issues in order
to facilitate the resolution of the problem on an understanding of the facts that you identify. This
section should be supported by evidence—as opposed to opinion. It is imperative that you do not
shift from the main topic and pose issues that cannot be resolved.
Solution. Propose a set of solutions with pro’s and con’s to each. Recommend the optimal
Conclusion. Write a conclusion in order to wrap up the white paper and enhance your readers’
References. Include any references in a separate Reference Page.
Submission Instructions. The research proposal must be submitted as a Word Document
Attachment in the Assignments section of the classroom by Sunday, 11.55pm EST at the end of