Cyber Policy Development (English)


Preparatory Phase Dates: 
Aug 09, 2021 to Aug 20, 2021
Active Phase Dates: 
Aug 30, 2021 to Sep 03, 2021
Application Dates:
May 15, 2021 to Jun 14, 2021
Other Files: 

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PDF icon Professional Experience Form [Spanish]

Language Requirements: 
Course given in English

This 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.

This is a three-week course which will be held online, beginning with a two-week preparatory phase, followed by a one-week active phase (held in real time), lasting 4-5 hours each day. Participants will use Blackboard, National Defense University's (NDU) distance learning system and Zoom for Government 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.

This course aims at improving, at a foundational level, the ability of participants to think critically of the challenges to their defense and security establishments represented by a fast changing strategic environment. It also aims at introducing analytical considerations on the value of security sector governance and inter-agency coordination to promote the empowerment of their respective institutions.

Additionally, CYBER-E supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy, as well as the 2017 National Security Strategy, DASD-WHA and COCOM top priorities/lines of effort for the Perry Center in FY20-21, namely:

  1. Strengthen alliances and attract new partners;
  2. Protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life;
  3. Support DoD efforts to combat transnational threats
  4. Building partner capacity

This course also also supports the USSOUTHCOM and USNORTHCOM Theater Campaign Plans FY17-22 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 take an English reading comprehension exam.

Updated / Actualizado: January 13, 2021