PLCY 388C: Cybersecurity Policy: Practical Hacking for Policy Makers

Publication Date: 
January 2018


Document Type: 

This course explores the key issues facing policy makers attempting to manage the problem of cybersecurity from its technical foundations to the domestic and international policy considerations surrounding governance, privacy, risk management, and applications for achieving national goals. The course is designed for students with little to no background in information technology, and will provide the principles to understand the current debates shaping a rapidly evolving security landscape.

Learning Objectives:
1) Gain a high-level understanding of the technical structures and protocols of modern telecommunications.

2) Understand and assess the cybersecurity threat landscape including motivations, tactics and tradecraft used by individuals and organizations

3) Become familiar with the US governance structures, organizations related to cybersecurity threats

4) Understand how risk is assessed for corporations and critical infrastructure.

5) Understand the security and legal questions countries struggle to solve with respect to cybersecurity

6) Understand international efforts to promote responsible behavior among nations in cybersecurity.

The course is broken up into sections with each focused on a specific set of issues germane to communications technology, the identification and tracking of cyber intrusion methods, and the domestic and international policy efforts focused on responding to events and promoting resiliency in critical infrastructure and systemically important institutions.