Course Description

601:697. Cyber Warfare and Cybersecurity (2 credits)

Garrie / Fumai

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.

It is more important than ever that in-house and outside counsel stay abreast of the most current developments and best practices in cybersecurity. Those lawyers who ignore cyber threats are risking millions of dollars for their companies or their clients.

This course examines legal and policy challenges stemming from rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats. The course will begin with an introduction to cyber security and cyber warfare, and then explore the national and international legal frameworks that govern the cyberspace, including laws related to cybercrime, cyberespionage, and cyberwar. The course will also discuss how current laws affect corporations and provide detailed case studies regarding the state of cyber security in various countries.

The objective of the course is to contextualize cybersecurity threats and responses to them in a national and international law framework, while also recognizing the limits of current law, the need for further policy evolution, and the real-world impacts of different legal and policy options.

No technical knowledge is required.