The possible damage of a nation-state or lone hacker cyber-attack is grave—both in the potential to harm physical infrastructure as well as the potential harm to economies and political processes. Internationally, countries have been attempting to create international agreements to regulate the so-called weaponization of cyberspace. However, efforts have not been systematic and existing tensions continually challenge these efforts.
In addition, conflicting norms of speech and human rights further frustrate international level agreements. On a more micro-level, as new people arrive online across the world, whether through their phones or desktop computers, they and their data are immediately vulnerable.
Taking into consideration this new security landscape, Jackson School faculty Jessica Beyer will address the major international cybersecurity policy areas and debates in JSIS B355 in autumn quarter 2020.
Students will become conversant in basic technical terminology and legal frameworks related to cybersecurity. Topics include stockpiling vulnerabilities, critical infrastructure protection, encryption, Internet of Things, human behavior, international internet governance and other pressing policy issues.