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Group PCSS 2014

The 67 participants from 47 countries graduated today from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ Program on Cyber Security Studies 15-01. (DOD photo illustration by Karlheinz Wehorn/RELEASED)

By Christine June
GCMC Public Affairs

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Dec. 19, 2014) – The 67 participants from 47 countries who graduated today from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ Program on Cyber Security Studies 15-01 have made history.

This transnational course is the center’s inaugural program on cyber security studies and provides an opportunity for participants to discuss and address the many challenges in the cyber environment while adhering to the fundamental values of democratic society. This first class began Dec. 3 and ended Dec. 19.

“We are focusing on areas that are not just within the normal department of defense or ministry of defense lanes or areas of expertise, but are also examining whole-of-government approaches in addressing cyber security issues and challenges,” said Professor Philip Lark, the PCSS course director, who was instrumental in developing this course for the Marshall Center. “In particular, we will look at things like Internet governance, Internet freedom, combating terrorism and cyber crime, developing public and private partnerships, and exploring other cyber-related policy issues.”


Lark added that PCSS helps participants appreciate the nature and magnitude of today's cyber threats and develops a common understanding of the lexicon, best practices and current initiatives within the public and private cyber sectors.


The program’s participants are senior government officials with the professional knowledge and capabilities to deal with transnational cyber security challenges. The course is tailored for senior officials responsible for developing or influencing cyber legislation, policies or practices in their countries.

The Marshall Center is a unique German-American partnership with a transnational mission to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships, especially in the field of defense, promoting active, peaceful security cooperation, and enhancing enduring partnerships throughout the world.

The Marshall Center conducts a variety of unique programs involving, to date, officials from more than 110 countries. The center's resident programs have a long-term academic focus, while its non-resident programs focus on current issues and problem solving. Graduate support specialists work to maintain contact with and support more than 10,000 Marshall Center alumni.

The Marshall Center offers eight resident programs that examine complex transnational, regional and international security issues: Program on Terrorism and Security Studies; Program on Applied Security Studies; Program on Security Sector Capacity Building; Seminar on Regional Security; Seminar on Transnational Civil Security; Program on Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking; Senior Executive Seminar; and, PCSS.

Those interested in attending a Marshall Center resident program, call the Registrar’s Office at +49 (0)8821-750- 2656/2530/2327 or DSN 314-4402-656/530/327, or email Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра..