An exploration of the role of government in securing cyberspace. Topics include federal, state, and local entities involved in cybersecurity; relevant laws and regulation; concepts of civil liberties, intellectual property, and privacy; policy formulation and analysis; law enforcement; development and diffusion of standards; and national security. Discussion also covers public/private engagement models and opportunities and tools for government to encourage cybersecurity education, awareness, and research.
At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
Assess current U.S. government policy, strategies, and responsibilities for securing cyberspace and protecting the nation.
Analyze the impact that U.S. cybersecurity policy has on the individual freedoms and civil liberties of U.S. citizens, such as the effect information technologies have on individual privacy.
Assess what role law enforcement should play in the development of national policy and enforcement at the national, international, and local levels.
Analyze how cybersecurity standards are developed and disseminated by federal and state government agencies and international organizations.
Assess the linkage(s) between U.S. national security and national priorities in securing cyberspace against the current threats and risks.
Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of current U.S. practices regarding information sharing as a means of protecting cyberspace.
Assess the value of U.S. government programs that foster cybersecurity education and training as well as promote cybersecurity awareness and research.
Analyze cybersecurity laws at the state government level and how they are harmonized with national level efforts.
Analyze the role of international institutions and governing bodies in the establishment of global cybersecurity policy.
The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.