Cyber Policy Development (Spanish)


Preparatory Phase Dates: 
Jun 28, 2021 to Jul 09, 2021
Active Phase Dates: 
Jul 19, 2021 to Jul 23, 2021
Application Dates:
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Language Requirements: 
Course given in Spanish; English reading ability required


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 private sector cyber professionals. The course is focused on deepening the understanding of the participants of the global cyber environment from two perspectives, national state power and competitiveness. The course seeks to teach senior national leaders how to make informed decisions on cyber policy, strategy and planning within a national state power 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 government and private sector experts in cyber security and allows participants to understand the need of public-private partnerships to develop the right policy and strategy for the entire nation. It encourages active cooperation at regional and international levels. This will begin with the creation of a community of practice network to establish contact with each other and other cyber-focused professionals

Major themes within the course include:

  1. the need of public-private partnerships to develop cyber policy and strategy;
  2. governance of cyberspace;
  3. cyber capacity building;
  4. big data, the internet of things, critical infrastructure, and their impact on cyber security;
  5. the role of the defense (military) and security sectors in the cyber domain;
  6. the role of intelligence in cyber security;
  7. crime and defense in cyberspace;
  8. international and regional cyber security institutions;
  9. the role of social media in facilitating transnational/transregional terrorism and organized crime activities.
COURSE OVERVIEW (click on the + below to open the individual items)

This course seeks to:

  1. develop mutual understanding of US, international, and participant country approaches to cyber security;
  2. increase understanding of the global cyber environment to enhance strategic policy formulation and nation state decision-making;
  3. enhance the ability of participants to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate defense and cyber security issues;
  4. cultivate critical and strategic thinking on transnational cyber security challenges; and
  5. 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.

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.

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:

  • 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. Reading skills in English are required for candidates to read course materials. English speaking skills are not required.

All participants selected to take part in this course (including those on the waiting list) may be required to go take an English reading comprehension exam. A sample reading is provided to give prospective participants an idea for the kinds of English-language reading materials they will be expected to deal with on a daily basis.

Updated / Actualizado: May 26, 2021