Belfer Center Teams with Executive Education in Summer Cybersecurity Program

June 5, 2014
By Belfer Center Communications

Harvard Kennedy School’s newest Executive Education program, “Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology,” is set to launch this summer. A collaboration of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Executive Education, this will be the first of the executive education offerings to focus on cyber issues, using policy and technology to address cyber threats.
Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education offers one- to two-week courses on a range of subjects to help leaders and officials in government, military, academia, and the public sector around the world address critical issues facing people, communities, and nations.
The cybersecurity executive education program will take place at HKS July 27 through Aug. 1. Its launch comes as the impact of network-based intrusions on critical infrastructure and international security is more widely recognized along with a heightened awareness of vulnerability to cybersecurity threats. The weeklong course aims at developing a deeper understanding of the components of cyberspace, exploring the nature of current and future threats, evaluating strategies and policy responses to threats, and building professional skills in group work and scenario assessment.
“Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology” is an extension of the Belfer Center’s Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age. The center’s cyber project, headed by Science, Technology, and Public Policy Director Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti, investigates the impacts and consequences of new information and communications technologies for international security, political and economic development, and social welfare. The project is a collaboration of research fellows, senior advisors, and associates of different academic backgrounds working to shape national policy, organization strategy, and leadership capacity for the cyber age.
“This summer’s cybersecurity executive education program provides an opportunity for cyber experts to share their knowledge and insights into this serious issue and at the same time to learn from individuals in the government, military, and private sectors who work with cyber challenges and opportunities every day,” said Narayanamurti. “The Belfer Center is pleased to join Executive Education in offering what we’re sure will be a dynamic and instructive course.”

Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti (left) and Joseph Nye

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program Director Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti (left) and Harvard Distinguished Service Professor Joseph Nye prepare for a videotaped discussion of the first HKS Executive Education program on cybersecurity.

“This summer’s cybersecurity executive education program provides an opportunity for cyber experts to share their knowledge and insights into this serious issue,” said Narayanamurti.

 


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