Marshall Center Cyber Security Course Encourages Inclusive Solutions

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Marshall Center Cyber Security Course Encourages Inclusive Solutions

The Program on Cyber Security Studies held their final session, wrapping up the nearly three-week course in a graduation ceremony at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, March 31.

The in-resident course, which drew over 75 people from more than 50 countries, focused on strategy, policy and best practices that nations can use to develop stronger cybersecurity for their countries. As Cmdr. Jonathan Odom, PCSS program director explained, it gets the participants to think and engage in discourse on cybersecurity issues above a level they would ordinarily do in their everyday jobs.

“They're thinking about whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches,” Odom said. “We open their aperture, broaden their perspective, and by covering the UN framework in depth, it helps to make them better leaders for the future.”

Once they complete the course, the graduates are part of a global network with over 15,000 alumni with whom they can talk and build connections.

“The reality for cybersecurity is that no single person, organization, or nation in the world can secure cyberspace on their own,” said German Lt. Col. Arne Lossman, Deputy Director for PCSS. “Solutions must be inclusive, by involving every segment of society – ranging from large and small companies, to entire industries, to underrepresented groups in civil society like women and ethnic minorities. Cooperation in cybersecurity can begin at the local and regional levels, and gradually build successes into global efforts and initiatives.”

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. The course also 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 George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, founded on June 5, 1993, is a renowned international security and defense studies institute. A bilateral partnership between the U.S. and Germany, it is a lasting cooperation that promotes dialogue and understanding among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasia. In 2023, the Marshall Center marks its 30th anniversary, re-emphasizing its commitment to carrying Marshall’s vision, an enduring legacy that continues through the security education initiatives of the Center.