The following is your comprehensive exam question for Executive Communications.
Please read the question carefully and provide an in-depth response. You need to
cite your sources in APA style within the body of your response AND provide a
separate reference page at the end to identify sources used.
High-impact and high-visibility events have revealed that the proliferation and
widespread use of mobile devices have significantly impacted communications,
situational awareness and decision-making. Social media are being leveraged to
communicate and share real-time, dynamic information to enhance situational awareness
and assist in decision making. The volume and speed with which available information is
disseminated, combined with an inability to identify, verify, coordinate, aggregate and
contextualize it, however, can leave information unused and ultimately, unactionable. In
short, social media can aid in crisis situations, complicate crisis situations, create crisis
situations, and head off crisis situations.
Explore the scholarly databases to prepare a report on three ways social media can
enhance situational awareness for security professionals and three related challenges of
using social media. The scholarly journals used as sources should be a combination of
those from security and communication databases.
Report must include a 1) An Executive Summary (abstract) summarizing your findings
AND noting which search terms were employed, which terms worked and which terms
did not work 2) a 20-page backgrounder (review of scholarly literature) that: a) clearly
defines situational awareness, b) explains how social media can impact situational
awareness and decision making, c) compares/contrasts scholars findings re: the ways
social media can enhance situational awareness for security professionals and related
challenges of using social media.