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Cyber Security Governance Essentials

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. 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 always available.

The Leiden Institute of Advance Computer Science (LIACS) in collaboration with the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) have developed the minor Cyber Security Governance Essentials to provide students with a mixture of technical and governance knowledge to set them on a path towards understanding cyberspace and cybersecurity. Students will first delve into the fundamentals of cyberspace itself to understand what cyberspace is and on which technical foundations it is built. It will be important to review the key techniques and technologies used to increase security in cyberspace. But cybersecurity is more than a technical challenge alone: governance of cybersecurity is a crucial aspect of a secure cyberspace as well. Therefore, students will also understand some of the key challenges for governments and organizations to tackle cybersecurity challenges.

Programme

The programme of the Cyber Security Governance Essentials minor consists of 5 courses listed below for a total study load of at least 30 EC spread over two blocks in the Fall semester.

For students who have only 15 EC of elective space in their program, there is the option to follow a 3 EC variant of Introduction to Cyber Security, Basic Programming in Python (6 EC) and Essentials of Computing Systems (6 EC). Students who choose this package and have basic programming experience in Python can follow the course Internet Governance (6 EC) instead of Basic Programming in Python (6EC). This optional package requires presence for both block 1 and 2 of the Fall semester.

All courses of the minor are taught by LIACS and ISGA lecturers in The Hague, except for Essentials of Computing Systems that is thought in Leiden. Most of the courses consist of a theoretical and a practical part. It is not possible to replace courses of the programme with other courses.

Language

The minor is taught in English.

Accessibility

The minor Cyber Security Governance Essentials is open 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 or understanding of mathematics, so students should have affinity with the latter at high school level. No prior knowledge of law, public administration and governance is required. Students are expected to have sufficient knowledge of English. In particular, the minor is accessible to study-abroad students and exchange students.

Students from a computer science related discipline cannot be admitted to the minor.

Schedule

The minor Schedule will be shared as soon as possible via the e-studyguide.

Number of participants

The minor has a minimum number of participants of 10 and a maximum capacity of 100 participants.

Enrollment information

Usiscode: 4000MCSGEN

Studieactiviteit: 1051

Contact

minorCSGE@liacs.leidenuniv.nl

Courses

The programme of the Cyber Security Governance Essentials minor consists of 5* courses listed below for a total study load of at least 30 EC spread over two blocks in the Fall semester.

For students who have only 15 EC of elective space in their program, there is the option to follow a 3 EC variant of Introduction to Cyber Security, Basic Programming in Python (6 EC) and Essentials of Computing Systems (6 EC). Students who choose this package and have basic programming experience in Python can follow the course Internet Governance (6 EC) instead of Basic Programming in Python (6EC). This optional package requires presence for both block 1 and 2 of the Fall semester.
All courses of the minor are taught by LIACS and ISGA lecturers in The Hague, except for Essentials of Computing Systems that is thought in Leiden. Most of the courses consist of a theoretical and a practical part. It is not possible to replace courses of the programme with other courses.

  • Please note that the course descriptions will be edited a.s.a.p.

  • Below you will find 4 courses, the fifth course is: Essentials of Computing Systems, this course will be added to the list as soon as possible. For information regarding the course and the course outline, please look at last year's course description in the e-prospectus.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Basic Programming in Python 6
Data Protection (FGGA) 6
Internet Governance (FGGA) 6
Introduction to Cyber Security 6
Essentials of Computing Systems 6