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This course is an Honours Class and therefore only available for students of an honours college

Enrolling in this course is possible until the 15th of November, using the link at ‘registration’ during this period.


According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, everything you post on Facebook is read by the CIA. Banks are attacked by hackers and governments, too, are haunted by embarrassing security breaches in their ICT systems. Cybersecurity, therefore, has become a key theme in our highly digitised economies and societies. But what is cybersecurity? Whose responsibility is it, in terms of governance? And how can companies and governments cooperate to ensure the safety and protection of their systems, while respecting the rights and liberties of their citizens?

These themes will be addressed in the Honours Class ‘Cybersecurity. Legal, philosophical and technical dimensions.’ Together with other students from Leiden University and TU Delft you will learn about the complexities of cybersecurity through a series of lectures that each shed light on a different dimension of this multidisciplinary domain. Moreover, throughout the course you will work on a group assignment, which is woven into the entire course program, in which you will answer the following question: ‘How can we take measures to prevent a specific type of cybersecurity breach from happening again?’ To complete the class your group hands in a paper and a short video, in which you explain a policy proposal, based on the insights you gained during the four classes about cybersecurity.


  1. Introduction into cybersecurity (dr. B. van den Berg)

  2. Introduction tools for regulation (dr. B. van den Berg)

  3. Technical aspects of cybersecurity (Prof.dr. J. van den Berg)

  4. Philosophical aspects of cybersecurity (dr. W. Pieters)

  5. Economic aspects of cybersecurity (Prof.dr. M. van Eeten)


Thursday 2 June; 9:00 – 17:00 hrs (class 1 & 2 together)
Thursday 9, 16, 23 June; 13:00 – 17:00 hrs

Deadline papers: 30 June at noon


Campus The Hague

Assessment method

Paper, videoclip

Maximum number of students



Enrolling in this course is possible until 15 November via this link .


Dr. Bibi van den Berg