Cyber Policy Development (CYBER)

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This course is tailored in response to the defense policy goals of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the objectives of the Combatant Commands; particularly those related to the critical mission of the US Government and the Department of Defense to strengthen whole-of-government approaches to the promotion of democratic accountability, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

COURSE GOALS

The course explores the increasing challenges to cyber security at the national, international and transnational levels. This is a comprehensive, non-technical course, for government and cyber professionals. The course is focused on policy, and seeks to teach senior leaders how to make informed decisions on cyber policy, strategy and planning within a whole-of-government framework. The course helps participants appreciate the nature and magnitude of today’s threats and develops a common understanding of current cyber initiatives and best practices within the public and private sectors. The program is taught by recognized experts in cyber security and allows participants to network and establish contacts with other cyber-focused professionals.

Major themes within the course include:

  1. whole-of-government approaches to developing cyber policy;
  2. Internet governance;
  3. cyber capacity building;
  4. privacy and security;
  5. combating terrorism & cyber crime;
  6. information sharing;
  7. Internet freedom;
  8. protection of intellectual property;
  9. public-private partnerships; and
  10. cyber protection of critical infrastructure.
COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This course seeks to:

  1. develop mutual understanding of US, international, and participant country approaches to cyber security;
  2. enhance participants’ ability to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate defense and cyber security issues;
  3. cultivate critical and strategic thinking on transnational cyber security challenges; and
  4. strengthen the foundation for cooperative approaches to shared cyber security challenges.
In addition, participants will be able to:
  1. make preliminary assessments of cybersecurity at policy and strategic levels;
  2. identify main areas of cyber risk within their organization’s operations and processes;
  3. understand the principles of developing effective national-level cybersecurity policies; and
  4. make informed decisions on cyber policy, strategy, and planning within a whole-of-government framework.
COURSE STRUCTURE

This is a four-week course, with a three-week online phase and a one-week residential phase. Participants use National Defense University's (NDU) distance learning system Blackboard, to download reading material, submit assignments and participate in video conferences. The resident phase is conducted using a combination of individual study, discussions of the readings, small-group discussions and panels, case studies and exercises.

ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS

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:

  • Career officials from the ministries/secretaries of Security and Defense (civilians and military officers).
  • Officials from other ministries/secretaries, such as the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Banking and/or Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Communications, Security and Information.
  • Officials from the legislative and judicial branches that interact with security and defense (planning, control and oversight).
  • NGO and think-tank staffs involved in security/defense matters, educators, academic researchers, journalists and members of political parties.
  • Police and active duty military officers with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and above.

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 Spanish. There will be simultaneous interpretation from English during some plenary sessions. Minimum professional reading skills in English are desired for candidates to read course materials. English speaking skills are not required.