Cybersecurity W200

Beyond the Code: Cybersecurity in Context

3 units

Course Description

This course explores the most important "wrapping" elements beyond technology that shape the playing field on which cybersecurity problems emerge and are managed. Students will be encouraged to adopt different lenses — legal, economic, political economy, and ethical — to better understand how different forces enable and constrain security technologies and policies. Cybersecurity is at its core a technical discipline. But as digital technologies penetrate deeply into almost every aspect of human experience, a broad range of social-political-economic-legal-ethical-military and other non-technical considerations have come to envelop the cybersecurity landscape.

Cybersecurity in Context introduces some of the most important macro-elements (such as national security considerations and the interests of nation-states) and micro-elements (such as behavioral economic insights into how people understand and interact with security features). Specific topics include policy-making (on the national, international, and organizational level), business models, legal frameworks (including issues of privacy, evidentiary standards, and restrictions on attacks), national security considerations, ethical issues, standards making, and the roles of users, government, and industry.

Prerequisites

MICS students only.

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Course History

Spring 2022

Instructor(s): Tiffany Rad
Instructor(s): Steven Booth

Fall 2021

Instructor(s): Tiffany Rad
Instructor(s): Jordan Fischer
Instructor(s): Steven Booth

Summer 2021

Instructor(s): Tiffany Rad
Instructor(s): Jordan Fischer

Spring 2021

Instructor(s): Tiffany Rad
Instructor(s): Jordan Fischer

Fall 2020

Instructor(s): Tiffany Rad
Instructor(s): Jordan Fischer

Summer 2020

Instructor(s): Tiffany Rad

Spring 2020

Instructor(s): Chris Jay Hoofnagle

Fall 2019

Instructor(s): Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras
Instructor(s): Tiffany Rad

Last updated:

September 20, 2019