Welcome to ISEC-885
Doctoral/Directed Research in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CIA) with Dr. Levy

This directed research seminar is designed to assist doctoral students who are at their end of coursework develop ideas that may lead them towards a future research project in Cybersecurity and Information Assurnace (CIA). Students will experience the process of revising and resubmitting research proposal including learning the art of developing a scholarly document of revisions (DoR) similarly to one that is required by top quality peer-reviewed journals. This directed doctoral research seminar includes chats (on-campus, phone, or Live Go2Meeting), pre-recorded lectures, and directed research assignments.

For research topics that are supported in our research lab, please check the Levy CyLab page.

ISEC-885 - Doctoral/Directed Research Seminar
in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CIA) with Dr. Levy
Winter 2020 - January 6, 2020 - May 3, 2020
(Online/Phone/On-Campus Office-Visits)




Dr. Yair Levy
Professor of Information Systems and Cybersecurity


Nova Southeastern University
College of Engineering and Computing
The DeSantis Building, room 4058
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314


levyy@nova.edu (please send all correspondence via e-mail)


954-262-2006 (for faster respond, send me an e-mail...)



Prof.'s Web Site:


Levy CyLab:


Class Web Site:

In Canvas via https://sharklearn.nova.edu/

Office Hours: 

By appointment only via e-mail.




Send me all correspondence to levyy@nova.edu. *** Please do NOT use the Canvas internal e-mail system to communicate with me, only the NSU regular e-mail!!! ***
When sending me e-mail, please make sure to:

  • Send me e-mail from your NSU e-mail address ONLY -- this is college policy! (Also note that e-mails sent from non-NSU e-mail address maybe detected as spam and will not be received or answered!)
  • Type "ISEC-885" in the subject line.
  • Type your full name in the message.
  • Type your Canvas username in the message.
  • Type your NSU e-mail address in the message.

E-mails usually are answered within one business day, although in most cases, I will answer you even before. If I'm out of town, then I will probably answer it when I get back or have access to the Internet while on travel.


Students pursue the development of a proposed initial idea for a research study or an externally funded research project. Projects may include a draft research paper on theoretical concepts in cybersecurity, prototype development in cybersecurity, or exterimental design related to cybersecurity topics. For additional topics of interest, see the Levy's CyLab page.


Hart, C. (1999). Doing a literature review. Releasing the social science imagination. London: Sage Publications.

ISBN#: 0761959750

Williams, J. M., & Colomb, G. G. (2007). The craft of argument (3nd). New York, NY: Longman.

ISBN#: 0321453271

Mertler, C. A., & Vannatta, R. A. (2013). Advanced and Multivariate Statistical Methods (5th ed.): Practical Application and Interpretation
(Newer or prior editions are also OK)

ISBN#: 9781936523092


APA (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)  (7th ed.).

ISBN#: 9781433832178


Davis, G. B., Parker, C. A., & Straub, D. W. (2013). Writing the doctoral dissertation: A systematic approach (3rd ed). Hauppauge, NY: Barrons Educational Series.

ISBN#: 9780764147876

Additional articles, Internet resources and notes will be provided in class or via the Canvas site assigned to this course. Please check the Canvas site regularly!


This course will utilize Canvas as supplement for in-class activities. Assignments, projects and class discussions will take place in the Canvas site assigned to this course.


There will be three major assignments in this project course. The three assignments are related to the same topic and students should take it as a gradual development of a major research project or their future dissertation topic. All work should be original and related to the content of this course. The amount and quality of work required in this course must be consistent with that required for a typical four-credit doctoral-level course.

Additional information  will be provided during the class meetings. Moreover, additional information on each assignment is also provided under each of the assignment guidelines in the "Course Content" section of the course's Canvas site. All assignments should be uploaded into the Dropbox area in Canvas. Additional information on the uploading process will be provided in our first class meeting.

Note: Please allow yourself enough time prior to due date to upload your assignment to the Canvas's dropbox.

Assignment Due Date Grade Weight
Scheduled phone, on-campus, or Live GoToMeeting chat to discuss potential research topic, research-worthy problem, and ideas for proposed study goals (i.e. that are measurable) 01/16 0% (required)
Research Proposal - Draft 1 (Assignment #1) 02/09 30%
Research Proposal - Draft 2 + Document of Revisions (DoR)  (Assignment #2) 03/15 35%
Research Proposal - Draft 3 + Document of Revisions (DoR)  (Assignment #3) 04/12  35%

Grading Scale (ISEC885):

[90-100] =Progress (PR)
Below 90 =No Progress (NPR)
  • Mutual respect and courtesy.
  • Professional quality in the organization, completeness, neatness, and timeliness of any material submitted will be expected.
  • Late assignments will not be accepted! However, the professor realizes that exceptional situations (such as justified emergencies or medical situations) do occur. In such cases, please inform your professor via e-mail to obtain special permission for late submission, prior to the deadline.
  • A student may not do additional work or repeat an examination to raise a final grade.
  • All papers and assignments should include a certificate of authorship signed by the student.
  • The professor is not obligated to communicate with students via e-mail or telephone about the course or assignments after final grades have been submitted. However, official Challenge of Course Grade and Student Grievance Procedure, as outlined in the graduate catalog, will be processed.
  • Students should be aware that any submitted work for this course may be subjected to detection of breach of copyright.
  • No incomplete will be provided unless the student completed at least 75% of the course assignments.


Although some sections above are parts of this course's syllabus, this is not the course syllabus. The purpose of this page is to allow students and prospective students to gain understanding on the nature of this course. The course syllabus will be provided via Canvas and will be available for all students who register for this course.

Looking forward to seeing you in my class!


Yair Levy, Ph.D. (levyy@nova.edu)
Professor of Information Systems and Cybersecurity
Director, Center for Information Protection, Education, and Research (CIPhER)
College of Computing and Engineering
Nova Southeastern University
Copyright ©  - Dr. Yair Levy, all rights reserved worldwide.
Modified  December 30, 2019