Introduction to Cyber Intelligence

Course Number: 14-809

Department: Information Networking Institute

Location: Pittsburgh

Units: 12

Semester Offered: Fall

Cyber intelligence; a phrase often used, but interpreted by government agencies, private companies, and the general public in many different ways. For the purpose of this course, cyber intelligence is the acquisition and analysis of information to identify, track, and predict cyber capabilities, intentions, and activities to offer courses of action that enhance decision making. Students will explore a different aspect of the definition each week to develop an analytic framework capable of discerning the interdependencies of and external influences on cyber intelligence, as it relates to an organization’s environment, data gathering, functional analysis, strategic analysis, and decision maker. The framework will demonstrate how traditional intelligence practices and emerging technologies influence cyber intelligence; empowering students to assess the likelihood of cyber threat actors executing attacks, the impact attacks have on an organization’s business, and the risk threats pose because of an organization’s known vulnerabilities.

Class format

Lecture and project-based

Home department


Target audience

INI students

Faculty and instructors who have taught this course in the past

Jared Ettinger