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Cyber Security Governance Essentials

The new 'Cyber Security Governance Essentials' will start in September 2020. Third year bachelor students of The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) and of the BSc Security Studies of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) who would like to deepen their knowledge and skills in Cyber Security Governance can choose this new set of courses.

Cyber Security Governance Essentials is developed to provide students from LIACS and ISGA with an interest in cybersecurity challenges with a mixture of technical and governance knowledge to set them on a path towards specializing in cybersecurity. This set of courses can be considered the equivalent of a minor (30 EC), a coherent package of courses on a highly relevant societal challenge.

What is the Cyber Security Governance Essentials about?

Cyber Security Governance Essentials is a set of five courses that teaches students (1) a set of technical fundamentals of cyberspace and cybersecurity, and (2) a collection of challenges with respect to the governance of cyberspace and cybersecurity.

Cyberspace has become one of the backbones of our global economy and of modern-day societies. Almost everything we do in our everyday lives, ranging from communication and media consumption to travel and leisure, and from work to school is facilitated by, or even relies on digital, networked technologies. What’s more, airplanes couldn’t fly anymore, factories could no longer produce products, and hospitals couldn’t treat patients without these technologies anymore. Because of our dependence on cyberspace it is vital that data, information and networks are secure. Information and communications must be properly protected, networks must be stable, and data and information must be available at all times. But how do we ensure that this is so? To answer this question, we must first delve into the fundamentals of cyberspace itself. What is cyberspace and on which technical foundations is it built? How do networks operate? What are the key techniques en technologies used to increase security in cyberspace?

But cybersecurity is more than a technical challenge alone. We must also understand some of the key challenges for governments and organisations to tackle cybersecurity challenges. Governance of cybersecurity is a crucial aspect of a secure cyberspace as well. The last two courses of Cyber Security Essentials, therefore, focus on particular governance aspects of cyberspace and cybersecurity.

What kind of students are you looking for?

We are looking for students with an interest in socio-technical challenges who want to delve into the technical and governance aspects of cyberspace in general and cybersecurity in particular.

Some courses require knowledge/understanding of mathematics, so students without affinity with the latter are advised not to enroll. No prior knowledge of law, public administration and governance is required.

What skills do you learn during this course? And how can you use these skills in daily life?

Students will learn a set of fundamentals from computer science. This may help them understand better how the digital technologies that we all use in daily life work. Students will also learn the fundamentals of cyberspace governance. This may help them understand better how governments, businesses and other organizations seek to manage (challenges surrounding) cyberspace.


Are you a second year student of the Bachelor programme Security Studies and you want to apply for the new 'Cyber Security Governance Essentials', please send an email with your name and studentnumber before 30 June 2020 to securitystudies.info@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

There are limited places available and these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (with a waiting list). So make sure to apply on time!

Also remember to cancel your place if you decide not to follow this set of courses. This will allow another student to take your place.

Students from LIACS who want to follow of the Cyber Security Governance Essentials need to register as usual in USIS for the two courses Internet Governance and Data Protection as electives in their 3rd year. The other three courses are equivalent to mandatory courses in their curriculum


Do you have questions about the content of Cyber Security Governance Essentials? Please send an e-mail to securitystudies.info@fgga.leidenuniv.nl


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