STIA-391 Cybersecurity: Policy, Technology, and Operations
Fall for 2017-2018
Cybersecurity has become an issue of national and international security significance. The growth of a nearly ubiquitous global information infrastructure and the availability of affordable, sophisticated information technologies has created an environment with potentially profound effects on the economic, financial, political, diplomatic, military, and technological affairs that shape our world. Information has become, perhaps, our most valuable resource. Stealing it, altering it, and protecting it have become a high-stakes endeavor. Information technology governs many of our infrastructures, even as its use may become the arbiter of military power. The global information infrastructure also represents a common information environment for citizens, diplomats, businesses, academia, social movements, and intelligence. This course will explore the varying concepts of the use of cybersecurity, examining the policy implications of its use, its relationship to state sovereignty, its implications for the global private sector, its effects on a nation's critical infrastructure, and its potential effects on the balance of power among nation-states. The course is taught by Samuel Visner, STIA Adjunct Professor, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cybersecurity at ICF International (, former Chief of Signals Intelligence Programs at the National Security Agency, and Georgetown University, SFS 1976.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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