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Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology

Program Session(s):
July 31, 2016 - August 5, 2016

Application Deadline(s):
May 31, 2016

Program Fee:$7,600

Program fee includes:
tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment.

Faculty Chair: Jim Waldo, Tad Oelstrom

Program Director: Sergei Konoplyov

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In a world with almost limitless data collection capability, where cyber attacks can propagate instantaneously and where the identity or location of an adversary may not be known, individuals and institutions are increasingly vulnerable to network based intrusions that disrupt productivity, jeopardize privacy, and threaten national security. The security and resilience of critical infrastructure and technology in the U.S. and around the world requires constant vigilance against cyber threats. Despite the magnitude of the problem, the field of cybersecurity strategy, policy, and management is nascent.

Watch as featured faculty member and noted cyber expert Joe Nye discusses the implications of cybersecurity policy on international security.

Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology is an extension of the Cyber Project, a multidisciplinary research program based at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Harvard Kennedy School’s newest Executive Education program, the course is the first of its kind to focus on the intersection of policy and technology to address the critical threats of a cyber world. The objective is to bring together technologists and policy makers and provide them with a conceptual framework for the design of both cybersecurity policy and technology.

Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology will equip practitioners with the tools necessary to conceptualize the cyber issue, develop policies appropriate for its resolution, and frame strategy and action to address the emerging threats. To that end, the course has four principal objectives:
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the technical rudiments of cyberspace;
  • Explore the nature of emergent and future cyber threats;
  • Evaluate strategies and policy responses to these threats; and
  • Build professional skills in group work and scenario assessment.


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