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    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals
    Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Public Policy Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Program Overview

Individuals and institutions are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, such as network-based intrusions that disrupt productivity, jeopardize privacy and threaten national security. Smart and informed security of critical infrastructure and technology requires constant vigilance against cyber threats.

Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology is an executive program designed to focus on the intersection of policy and technology and how, together, they can address the critical threats of a cyber world. The objective is to bring together technologists and policymakers and provide them with a conceptual framework for the design of both cybersecurity policy and technology.


This intensive week-long program is led by a team of Harvard faculty members, policymakers, and leading practitioners in the field of cybersecurity, many of whom advise governments, agencies and industries around the world.

The Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology curriculum explores:

  • Technical and policy aspects of security, surveillance and conflict
  • Skills applicable to other situations in which policy and technology interact
  • Techniques of risk analysis and threat-modeling applicable to a broad set of problem

Lectures and case studies drawn from recent events will bring focus to issues at the intersection of cyber policy and technology. At the same time, group sessions will enable you to engage directly with the issues, solve problems and discuss how insights and cybersecurity measures can be applied in your own country or organization.

Learning Objectives

The Cybersecurity program will give you:

  • A deeper understanding of the technical basics of cyberspace and the cyber issue
  • An exploration of the nature of emergent and future cyber threats
  • The tools to frame and evaluate strategies and policy responses to these threats
  • Professional skill-building through group work and scenario assessment
  • A lasting network of cyber strategy and policy professionals on whom you can call for support

Application Information

Online vs On-Campus Schedule

Faculty Chair Jim Waldo created the Cybersecurity online program curriculum to fit an interactive virtual format while maintaining the main objectives of the on-campus program: how policy and technology, together, can address critical threats of the cyber world. Both online and on-campus formats will include lectures and breakout group work that address technical and policy aspects of cybersecurity.

  • The intensive online program provides a more flexible format where you can apply concepts directly to your work while experiencing the rigor of Harvard remotely. The schedule includes 3-4 hours of live sessions each day. Access a sample online program schedule.
  • The on-campus program is an immersive and intense learning experience on Harvard’s historic Cambridge campus. During the week, you’ll experience lectures firsthand and connect with peers both in and outside of the classroom. The fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals. Access a sample on-campus program schedule.

“Harvard Kennedy School is a place where we can discuss and learn from each other. The best part is, this experience is not limited to what some of the amazing professors are teaching, but also what the cohort shares with each other.”

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Professor Jim Waldo discusses the Harvard Kennedy School Executive online program, Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology.

Faculty & Research

Faculty Chair
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James Waldo

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, HKS; Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, SEAS

Harvard Faculty and Guest Speakers
Dan Geer

Dan Geer

Computer Security Analyst and Risk Management Specialist

Ryan Ellis

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University

Susan Hennessey

Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution

Lucas Kello

Lucas Kello

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Oxford University

Susan Landau

Bridge Professor of Cyber Security and Policy, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Dr. Herbert Lin

Chief Scientist (Emeritus), Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies

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Eric Rosenbach

Lecturer in Public Policy

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Bruce Schneier

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

David E. Sanger

David E. Sanger

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Chief Washington Correspondent at The New York Times

Hear from Cybersecurity Alumni

Learn more about Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology from past participants of the program.

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