Carnegie Mellon University

Technology and Policy of Cyber War

Course Number: 84-387

This course examines underlying and emerging technologies and policies associated with cyber war and cyber threats. The technological concepts reviewed in this course include but are not limited to the internet, networks and sensors, and trends associated with "hyperconnectivity" (e.g., The Internet of Things). The course will review history, international policy, military doctrine, and lessons learned from the use of cyber operations and cyberspace in conflicts. The principle objective of this course is to introduce students to the technological and policy variables that affect the ability to manage cyber conflicts.

Academic Year: 2019-2020
Semester(s): Spring
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 9
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students should be able to understand the following: (i) The role of cyberspace in society, (ii) Policies and laws that guide how nations operate in cyberspace, (iii) Threats and vulnerabilities in cyberspace, (iv) Events and consequences associated with a select number of well-known conflicts in cyberspace, (v) The foundational technologies that enable networking and cyberspace operations.

Spring 2020
6:30 - 9:20PM

Required course for the following IPS degree:
Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict

Elective course for the following IPS degrees:
BS in International Relations and Politics
BS in Economics and Politics
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in International Relations and Politics