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Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
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In a world with almost limitless data collection capability, where cyber attacks can propagate instantaneously and where the identity or location of an adversary may not be known, individuals and institutions are increasingly vulnerable to network based intrusions that disrupt productivity, jeopardize privacy, and threaten national security. 


The security and resilience of critical infrastructure and technology in the U.S. 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 nascent.

Watch as featured faculty member and noted cyber expert Joe Nye discusses the implications of cybersecurity policy on international security.

Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology is an extension of the Cyber Project, a multidisciplinary research program based at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Harvard Kennedy School’s newest Executive Education program, the course is the first of its kind to focus on the intersection of policy and technology to address the critical threats of a cyber world. The objective is to bring together technologists and policy makers and provide them with a conceptual framework for the design of both cybersecurity policy and technology.

Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology will equip practitioners with the tools necessary to conceptualize the cyber issue, develop policies appropriate for its resolution, and frame strategy and action to address the emerging threats.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The intensive week-long curriculum is led by a team of Harvard faculty members, policy makers, and leading practitioners in the field of cybersecurity, many of whom advise governments, agencies, and industry around the world on security and technology. 
  • The curriculum will focus on the technical and policy aspects of security, surveillance, and conflict; however, participants will come away with skills applicable to other situations in which policy and technology interact. Based on case studies drawn from recent events, participants will develop techniques of risk analysis and threat-modeling applicable to a broad set of problems.


English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Admission to this program is competitive and is based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. There is no formal educational requirement, but fluency in written and spoken English is a necessity for the program.
  • Early application is encouraged. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, and the program often fills to capacity. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Because the time required to obtain a visa can be lengthy, we encourage applicants from outside the United States to apply at least 12 weeks before the program start date.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8500 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 USD per module and a duration of 5 days.
  • National Applies to you

    8500 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 USD per module and a duration of 5 days.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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