IGA-236: Cybersecurity Technology, Policy, and Law

Semester: Spring

Credit: 4.0

Faculty: Bruce Schneier


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 1/23
Meet Day M/W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Littauer Bldg 130 (HKS)


In our information-age society, cybersecurity has become a paramount concern and an increasingly broad area of public policy. From cybercrime to national security, from corporate data collection to government surveillance, from cell phones to driverless cars, issues of cybersecurity are everywhere. These issues are complex and multifaceted, touching on such things as personal freedom and autonomy, public safety, corporate behavior and profitability, international relations, and war. This course seeks to explore the complex interplay of public policy issues in cybersecurity.  In the first half of the course, we will survey the nature of cybersecurity threats, explore the human factors surrounding cybersecurity, and seek to understand the basics of cybersecurity technologies. In the second half, we will take our newfound expertise and use it to examine a series of cybersecurity policy issues, both current and near-future. While these issues will primarily be US-focused, we will also discuss relevant issues in the EU and China, as well as international tensions and norms.  Cyberspace is fundamentally technological, and an area where public policy requires a firm understanding of the underlying technologies. Cybersecurity is no exception. While this class assumes no computer science background and will make these technologies comprehensible to the layperson, there is a strong technological component to this class.

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