Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS)


Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS)

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Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS)


George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Target groups:

Participation is open only to serving senior government officials, responsible for developing or influencing cyber legislation, policies, or practices.
It is ideal for diplomats, legislators, ministerial staffs, policymakers, military and law enforcement officers, and other officials serving throughout the whole of government including:

  • Ministry of Defense (civilians and military officers)
  • 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 & Information

Thematic focus:

Whole-of-government approaches to:

  • Internet Governance
  • Cyber statecraft development
  • Cyber capacity building
  • Internet freedom
  • Information sharing
  • Privacy and security
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Combating terrorism and cybercrime
  • Public/private partnership
  • Cyber protection of critical Infrastructure

Aims / objectives:

To address the many challenges in the cyber environment while adhering to the fundamental values of democratic society.

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 initiatives within the public and private cyber sectors. Moreover, the program is taught by world leaders in cyber security and allows participants to network and establish contacts with other cyber-focused professionals.

  1. Developing mutual understanding of international and country-specific approaches to cyber security
  2. Enhancing participants’ ability to comprehend, analyse, and evaluate defense and cyber security issues and transnational challenges
  3. Cultivating an ability to think critically and strategically on cyber matters
  4. Strengthening the foundation for cooperative approaches to shared cybersecurity challenges


  • Resident Course (13 days)
  • Senior Leader FO/GO/SES+ Parliamentarian Course
  • Non-Resident Events
  • Cyber-Weekly Newsletter
  • Distance Learning
  • Interns
  • English Cyber Security Language Course
  • Cyber Library
  • Alumni Program

Outcome / impact:

Start date:

December 2015

Contact details:

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Gernackerstrasse 2, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Telephone: +49-8821-750-2327 or +49-8821-750-2229,


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