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Course: Information Assurance (ISSC 361)

The assignment must be a minimum of 2-full pages in length with a minimum of 2 – sources. Please be sure to follow APA v6 guidelines for the entire paper.

Assignment 7. Go online and search for information about security threats posed by browser add-ins, such as Java applets and ActiveX controls (Do not use either of these examples). Note that most of these programs are small in size and downloaded onto computers over the Internet. Look for a specific example of a security problem resulting from such add-ins, and document the problem in a case study.






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Criterion Score


50 points

The assignment illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/ useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing.

42.5 points

The assignment illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete.

37.5 points

The assignment illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking.

32.5 points

The assignment illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking.

0 points

Student failed to submit the assignment paper.


Use of Sources

20 points

Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment.

17 points

Credible scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations, and/or there is some use of questionable sources.

15 points

References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations, and/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources.

13 points

Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper.

0 points

Student failed to include citations and/or references OR the student failed to submit a final paper.



20 points

The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free.

17 points

The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage.

15 points

The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization, and/or some grammatical, punctuation, spelling errors.

13 points

The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors.

0 points

Student failed to submit the final paper.


Structure of the Paper

10 points

Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.

8.5 points

Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font. Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment.

7.5 points

Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA paper. The can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform with size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper.

6.5 points

Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA requirements whatsoever.

0 points

Student failed to submit the final paper or late penalty applied.