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Cybersecurity: the Intersection of Policy and Technology

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Cybersecurity Executive Education Program - Participant Testimonials

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Jul 28—Aug 2
6 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 9100
USD 1516 per day
Jan 12—17, 2020
6 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 9100
USD 1516 per day


Our world is a place where cyberattacks can happen instantaneously.

Indeed, individuals and institutions are increasingly vulnerable to network-based intrusions that disrupt productivity, jeopardize privacy and threaten national security. The worst part is, the identity or location of an adversary may never be known.

That's why the security and resilience of critical infrastructure and technology in the United States and around the world requires constant vigilance against cyber threats. Despite the magnitude of the problem, the field of cybersecurity strategy, policy and management is evolving.

A Groundbreaking Approach to Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology is the first program of its kind to focus on the intersection of policy and technology and how, together, they can address the critical threats of a cyber world. The objective is to bring together technologists and policymakers and provide them with a conceptual framework for the design of both cybersecurity policy and technology.

  • A deeper understanding of the technical basics of cyberspace and the cyber issue
  • An exploration of the nature of emergent and future cyber threats
  • The tools to frame and evaluate strategies and policy responses to these threats
  • Professional skill-building through group work and scenario assessment
  • A lasting network of cyber strategy and policy professionals on whom you can call for support


Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology is an intensive week-long program led by a team of Harvard faculty members, policymakers and leading practitioners in the field of cybersecurity, many of whom advise governments, agencies and industries around the world.

Lectures and case studies drawn from recent events will bring focus to issues at the intersection of cyber policy and technology. At the same time, group sessions will enable you to engage directly with the issues, solve problems and discuss how insights and cybersecurity measures can be applied in your own country or organization.

The curriculum will explore:

  • Technical and policy aspects of security, surveillance and conflict
  • Skills applicable to other situations in which policy and technology interact
  • Techniques of risk analysis and threat-modeling applicable to a broad set of problems

Who should attend

No computer science background is required to take part in Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology.

Cybersecurity is designed for a broad range of policy actors and technology experts from around the world who play strategic decision-making roles in both public and private organizations.

Recommended applicants include:

  • Technologists developing new applications and frameworks that will need to detect, withstand and counteract intrusion
  • Executives in city, state, and federal government agencies and the military involved in the oversight of technology and creation of policy
  • Business executives who need to balance an open environment for innovation with the protection of intellectual property
  • Private- and public-sector legal experts challenged with codifying the law and understanding its limits
  • Diplomatic officials and members of international governments working to establish accepted cybersecurity norms and establish treaties


Jim Waldo is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, where he teaches courses in distributed systems and privacy; the Chief Technology Officer for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and a Professor of Po...


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