Cyber Policy Development Intensive (CYBERi 2020)


In accordance with Department of Defense policy, citizens of countries with designated income levels established by the World Bank are not eligible for scholarships. At this time, this restriction applies to the following Western Hemisphere nations: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. Citizens of these countries may still apply to courses, but in a self-funded status.

Online Phase Dates: 
May 04, 2020 to May 22, 2020
Residential Phase Dates: 
Jun 01, 2020 to Jun 05, 2020
Application Dates:

Language Requirements: 
Course given in English


Deputy Director / Facilitator:


This year's iteration of the intensive Cyber Policy Development course is specially designed for English-speaking countries of the Caribbean and focuses on the understanding of cybersecurity, specifically in the area of critical infrastructures that, for geographical and developmental reasons, are of major importance to the sub-region, and the vulnerability they represent as elements that are vital to the survival of these countries.

COURSE OVERVIEW (click on the + below to open the individual items)

The learning objective of this course is to increase the student's understanding of cybersecurity related to critical infrastructure, in order to enhance strategic policy formulation and nation state decision-making in this area.

The course has two phases: a distance phase (online), and a residence phase in Washington, DC. The distance phase is three weeks long and includes a week dedicated to familiarizing participants with the Blackboard educational platform and with basic cybersecurity terms and definitions. The residence phase is one week in length and will take place at the Perry Center’s facilities at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

The course is tailored in response to the defense policy goals of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs and for Cyber Policy. In addition, the course also meets the objectives of the Combatant Commands, particularly those related to DoD efforts to

  1. improve governance in the security and defense sectors through the strengthening of institutions;
  2. combat transnational threats, including transnational organized crime, which pose complex challenges to the stability of the Americas; and
  3. build trust, confidence, and mutual understanding on common defense and security challenges.

This course supports OSD Regional Center FY18-19 policy priorities, including:

  1. support DoD efforts to combat transnational threats;
  2. facilitate dialogue and encourage defense cooperation with the United States; and
  3. conduct strategic outreach.

This course also supports the intermediate military objective of the USSOUTHCOM FY17-22 Theater Campaign Plan to mature partnerships between the United States and its regional partners to further enhance cybersecurity and collective cyberdefense.

ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS (click on the + below to open the individual items)

Graduates of previous iterations of this course are ineligible to apply.

This course is tailored for senior officials responsible for developing or influencing cyber legislation, policies, or practices. Ideally, participants should be from one of the following communities:

  • Officials in Defense and Security Ministries who work in cybersecurity policy and strategy;
  • Officials from other government institutions that interact with cybersecurity affairs, such as members of the legislative branch, external affairs, or government planning and control offices;
  • Members of nongovernmental organizations and academia, business men and women, members of political parties, journalists, and universities or other research institutions, who work in the cybersecurity field;
  • Military and police officers who work in cybersecurity affairs, preferably at the political and strategic level.

Candidates must possess a university degree or, in cases where a candidate does not hold a degree, equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The Cyber course will be conducted in English. All students selected to participate in this course (including those on the waiting list) may be required to go to the US Embassy in their countries to take an English reading comprehension exam. The date(s) the exam will be offered will be determined during the online phase of the course.

Updated / Actualizado: December 11, 2019