STIA-420 Cybersecurity Conflict and Policy: Governing the Digital Fights for the Future
Spring for 2017-2018
Susan Hennessey
Cybersecurity Conflict and Policy is an introduction to the fights—both policy and literal—to control cyberspace, secure data, and ultimately define the relationship between citizen and government. Beginning with the nation state and working our way to the individual, the class will take a technology-based approach to mapping the landscape of cybersecurity law and policy. Over the semester, students will develop a baseline understanding of the technology, relevant actors, policy responses, and stakes underlying the most pressing and consequential cybersecurity conflicts. The semester will break down into six primary cybersecurity focus areas: (1) the technology fundamentals of network security, (2) the threat landscape, (3) the private sector, (4) national security, (5) law enforcement, and (6) privacy and the rule of law. Classes will explore the many tensions between privacy and security, as well as the challenges the government and private sector face in defending against a vast array of bad actors with many tools. We will cover topics ranging from cyber warfare, cybercrime, and surveillance—and how to tell the difference—as well as emerging threats and allocations of private and public responsibility. At the end of the semester, students will have a basic understanding of computer and network technology, will be able to identify the major open questions in cybersecurity policy, and have a language and context for addressing those policy challenges.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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