IGA-236M: Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age

Semester: January

Credit: 0.5

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: James Waldo


Day Time Location
First Day 1/12
Meet Day M/T/W/Th/F 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM L230


In our information age security policy, strategy, and management face exceptional challenges. The increasing reliance of modern society on networked computer systems creates unprecedented vulnerabilities coupled with open and simple pathways to exploit those vulnerabilities. Powerful nations are forced to adapt to a shrinking margin of safety. Today no nation, agency, industry, or firm is isolated from the new methods of harm: cyberwar, cyberespionage, cyberterrorism, and cybercrime. Traditional strategies and approaches to security need revision to apply to a world where threats can propagate instantaneously and where the identity or location of an adversary may not be known. Despite the magnitude of the problem, the field of cybersecurity strategy, policy, and management remains incipient. This course seeks to equip students 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 students' understanding of the technical rudiments of cyberspace; Explore the nature of emergent and future cyber threats; Evaluate strategies and policy responses to these threats; Build professional skills in group work, scenario assessment, and memo writing. No computer science background is required: a core aim of the course is to make the related technology comprehensible to a layperson. Students with technical expertise may find the course useful in developing an understanding of key issues in the strategic management of cybersecurity for the organizations of industry and government.





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