Cyberwar

Professor: Libicki
Units: 0.5
Elective Course
Concentrations: Economic Analysis and Social and Behavioral Science

Cyberwar and similar phenomena such as cyber-espionage and cybercrime takes place when others make your systems do what they want rather than you want (cyberwar itself consists of these attacks carried out for the purposes of war). The defense of systems, in turn, entails choices: optimization under uncertainty, game theory, or interactions among multiple rational players in the marketplace of power. Tradeoffs that infrastructure and other private system owners make among security, convenience, and cost may thus have non-trivial effects on national and international security. The purpose of this course is to help students think creatively about the uses and abuses of cyberwar and cyberspace policy. It will cover the basics of systems attack, information system security, infrastructure protection, cyber operations, rationales for cyber-conflict, stability, and cyber-deterrence.