Culminating Project Title
rhetsec_ | rhetorical security
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Plan C Paper
English: Rhetoric and Writing: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
Shaon Cogdill, Chair
Creative Commons License
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Keywords and Subject Headings
communication, computer crime, computer hacking, computers and information, countermeasures, cyber espionage, cyberattack, data security digital rhetoric, internet, internet security, inter-disciplinary studies, malware, phishing, privacy, privacy-invasive software, rhetoric, technical communication, security, writing
Rhetsec_ examines the rhetorical situation, the rhetorical appeals, and how phishing emails simulate "real" emails in five categories of phishing emails. While the first focus of cybersecurity is security, you must also understand the language of computers to know how to secure them. Phishing is one way to compromise security using computers, and so the computer becomes a tool for malicious language (phishing emails and malware) to be transmitted. Therefore to be concerned with securing computers, then you must also be concerned with language. Language is rhetoric's domain, and the various rhetorical elements which create an identity of the phisher themselves, the false author, and their perception of their victims help us understand cyberattacks both offensive and defensively.
Mead, Jennifer, "rhetsec_ | rhetorical security" (2019). Culminating Projects in English. 157.