Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS)
The Marshall Center has developed a comprehensive program to explore the increasing domestic, international and transnational challenges in cyber security. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive, policy-focused, non-technical cyber security program that emphasizes and teaches senior key leaders how to best make informed decisions on cyber policy, strategy and planning within the framework of whole-of-government cooperation and approaches. The program helps participants appreciate the nature and magnitude of today's threats and develops a common understanding of the lexicon, best practices, and current cyber initiatives within the public and private sectors. The program is taught by world leaders in cyber security and allows participants to network and establish contacts with other cyber-focused professionals.
Our themes include whole-of-government approaches to:
- Internet Governance
- Cyber Capacity Building
- Privacy and Security
- Combating Terrorism & Cyber Crime
- Information Sharing
- Cyber Statecraft Development
- Internet Freedom
- Protection of Intellectual Property
- Public / Private Partnership
- Cyber Protection of Critical Infrastructure
The PCSS curriculum focuses on strategic objectives, techniques, policies, and best practices that secure and defend the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation of information and information systems across cyber domains.
- Developing mutual understanding of U.S., German, international, and participant country approaches to cyber security
- Enhancing participants' ability to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate defense and cyber security issues
- Cultivating critical and strategic thinking on transnational cyber security challenges
- Strengthening the foundation for cooperative approaches to shared cyber security challenges
The Marshall Center's PCSS provides senior government officials with the professional knowledge and capabilities to deal with transnational cyber security challenges. The program is tailored for senior officials responsible for developing or influencing cyber legislation, policies, or practices. It is not a technical program. Participation is open only to serving government officials and is ideal for diplomats, legislators, ministerial staffs, policy-makers, military and law enforcement officers, and other officials involved in cyber security serving throughout the whole of government including:
- Ministry of Interior
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Banking and Finance
- Ministry of Emergency Situations
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Diplomats
- Law Enforcement
- Ministry of Communications Security and Information
- Ministry of Defense (Civilians and Military Officers)
PCSS contributes to U.S. and German international efforts to work with partner countries and provides education and training so they may build, manage, and sustain comprehensive whole-of-society cyber security programs. PCSS provides participants with transnational cyber skills while preparing individuals for positions as senior-level cyber security leaders throughout government.
PCSS Builds Partner Capacity and is Designed to
- Build and incorporate improved whole-of-government approaches for developing cyber defense and security strategies and policies;
- Provide a flexible and proactive capability that can respond to emerging cyber security requirements while providing education and training for cyber security professional development.
- Build and strengthen a global network of governmental cyber security experts and practitioners committed to efforts against transnational cyber threats and challenges, terrorist organizations and combating transnational organized cyber crime;
- Enable collective approaches and enhance concepts of cyber due diligence;
- Enhance regional and global information sharing to include sharing of best practices;
- Develop public-private partnership information-sharing proposals for addressing asymmetric threats from non-state actors;
- Shape global standards and encourage use of best practices for cyber security;
- Build cyber security capabilities and capacities of partner nations to disrupt and investigate cyber threats;
English Language Enhancement Courses (ELEC)
The Marshall Center has its own language school – Partner Language Center Europe, which offers advanced and specialized classroom instruction in Arabic, English, French, Persian-Farsi, and Russian to more than 400 U.S. military and NATO/Partner attendees each year. Included in this are faculty professional development courses in language testing and classroom instruction and assessment. It is also a certified NATO Partner Training and Education Center. Contact the GCMC Registrar office for details on ELEC courses.
For application and deadline information, contact Marshall Center Registrar, your ministry point of contact, or the U.S. or German Embassy in your capital city.