SEST-709 Cybersecurity Strategy
Spring for 2017-2018
Gidwani, Toni
Cyber. So hot right now. Central to our daily lives and constantly in the news, some facets of cybersecurity follow the broader principles of international relations while others are substantially different to students of traditional national security issues. Designed for openness and collaboration, internet security is something we aspire to but is often an afterthought in terms of design. Throughout this course, we'll look at cybersecurity topics through the framework of balancing risk and stakeholder prerogatives across government, companies, and individuals. We will explore the disconnect between Westphalian legal structures and technology that makes borders invisible as well as how the human perspective of "where you stand depends on where you sit" gets in the way of better approaches.

Although not designed for a technical audience, students will develop a sufficient understanding of the technical components of the internet to understand how attacks are mounted. After developing that foundation, we will explore how states operate in the cyber domain and challenges with attribution and response. We will then progress to understanding the challenges facing defenders and how risk differs for government, companies, and individuals. The final section of the course will examine issues bringing those viewpoints into direct conflict such as the extent of government and intelligence community access to private companies. Throughout the course, students will examine specific breaches and case studies for their significance to our understanding of cybersecurity risks.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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