Cybersecurity and Technology Policy

The surge in connected devices along with the proliferation of digital technologies is drastically increasing cybersecurity threats to public and private sectors around the world while at the same time reshaping economic, political and social spheres. From the Equifax, Marriot and U.S. Office of Personnel Management data breaches to the Stuxnet, WannaCry and NotPetya attacks, corporations as well as government and not-for-profit entities are struggling to address vital policy gaps that build resiliency. Relatedly, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and block chain, among others, are increasingly driving innovation and change but similarly require the establishment of policy for regulation and governance. This interdisciplinary track provides a combination of technical and non-technical expertise needed for a career in cybersecurity and technology policy. 

What You Will Learn

To prepare students for careers in the cybersecurity and technology policy realms, the curriculum includes a combination of technical and non-technical foundational courses necessary to understand cybersecurity as well as emerging technologies and the broader policy implications in an increasingly interconnected world. The curriculum covers a wide-range of key topics and issues—from internet governance and cyberwarfare to critical infrastructure, data security and supply chain management. The program includes courses in policy formation, computer sciences, law, ethics, business, and international relations in order to cultivate a holistic understanding of one of the most important security trends in the 21st Century.

Courses in economics, quantitative and research methods, and writing and presentation skills provide additional academic and professional preparation. Professional Development Seminars and Capstone research projects supplement the curriculum.

Year One

  • First Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6216: Foundations of Globalization (3 credits)
    • ECO 6025: Economic Policy Analysis (3 credits)
    • ISS 6387: Analytical Writing and Presentation Skills (3 credits)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
  • Second Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6307: Research Tools for Global Studies (3 credits)
    • CIS 5027 Computer Systems Fundamentals (3 credits)
    • ISS 5654: Foundations of Cybersecurity and Technology Policy (3 credits) 
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars

Year Two

  • Third Semester (9 credits)
    • PAD 6306: Policy Analysis and Program Planning OR SYA 6655: Program Design and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • ISS 5656: Cyberspace and Globalization (3 credits)
    • LAW 7707: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law (3 credits)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
  • Fourth Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6926: Master’s Capstone (3 credits)
    • ISS 6655: Issues in Cybersecurity and Technology Policy (3 credits)
    • ISS 6658: Cyber Warfare and Strategy (3 credits)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
The Global Affairs program has been instrumental in my professional development. The classes are taught by stellar and experienced professors who equip you with knowledge and tools to successfully confront the complex and multifaceted challenges in the real world. My cohort is composed of a culturally diverse and dynamic group who will be lifelong colleagues.

Naomie Labaty, ‘16, Planning and Development Division - Broward County

Career Guide

Master of Arts in Global Affairs students with a track in Cybersecurity and Technology Policy can find careers in cyber security and policy, data protection, intelligence and information security.

  • Common Job Titles
    • Cybersecurity Analyst
    • Chief Security Officer
    • Cybersecurity Policy Analyst
    • Cybersecurity Specialist
    • Cybersecurity Manager
    • Cybersecurity Administrator
    • Cybersecurity Policy Strategist
    • Cybersecurity Policy Manager
    • Consultant
    • Threat Intelligence Analyst
    • Legislative Assistant
    • Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
  • Popular Employers
    • TranSigma Partners
    • Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • CIA
    • ManTech International Corporation
    • NSA
    • General Dynamics Information Technology
    • Catapult
    • U.S. Department of Defense
    • Calibre Systems
    • Citrix
    • Booz Allen
    • PWC
    • Cybersecurity Policy Solutions LLC
    • Microsoft
    • The Center for Cybersecurity Policy and Law 
  • Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Analytical 
    • Written Communication
    • Verbal Communication
    • Program Management
    • Research
    • Data Analysis
    • Public Speaking
    • Presentation Skills
    • Global/Intercultural Fluency
    • Technical Aptitude 
    • Teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Creativity 
  • Professional Associations and Other Organizations
    • NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • The Women's Society of CyberJUTSU
    • WiCys - Women in Cybersecurity
    • ISSA - Information Systems Security Association
  • Salary

    $25K entry level - $100K senior level

    Want more information? Go online to ONET /Occupational Outlook Handbook/U.S. News.

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