The global Internet shortens distances, makes businesses more efficient and facilitates greater social interaction. At the same time, it exposes vital national resources to exploitation and makes it easier for the international criminal element to prey on innocent Internet users. Cybersecurity is concerned with making the Internet a more secure and trustworthy environment. In this course we study this topic from the technological and policy points of view. The goal is to facilitate communication across the divide that normally characterizes the technological and policy communities, a position endorsed by Robert Knake in a Council on Foreign Relations blog post.
The Atlantic Council runs a competition every year to provide students with "a better understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber conflict."
Brown fielded teams annually starting in 2014. In 2014 the Brown team won the prize for Best Teamwork. In 2015 the Brown team won first place! And in 2016 and 2017 they made it to the second of three rounds.