Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS)

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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 teaches key senior 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 provides participants the opportunity to network and establish contacts with other cyber-focused professionals.
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.
The PCSS contributes to U.S. and German efforts to work with partner countries to provide education and training so they may build, manage and sustain comprehensive whole-of- society cyber security programs. The PCSS provides participants with the cyber skills needed to approach transnational problems while preparing individuals for positions as senior-level cyber security leaders throughout government. The 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 combating transnational cyber threats and challenges, terrorist organizations, and transnational organized cybercrime
  • 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
Jonathan Odom, director of the Program for Cybersecurity Studies (PCSS) and Arne Lossmann, deputy director of PCSS, give an overview of the current in-resident course, a nearly three week program that has brought together 78 participants from 52 countries. The course offers the participants an opportunity to address cybersecurity challenges and share their experiences with other practitioners and alumni.

Event Details

November 28, 2023 - December 15, 2023
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
How to Register

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.

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A portrait photo of Jonathan G. Odom Military Progessor of Interantional Law.
Commander Jonathan G. Odom, J.D., LL.M., U.S. Navy
Transnational Security Studies
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