Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare Today

Cyber Security

Alternate Wednesdays • 1 p.m.-3 p.m. • Pine 111

January 22 • February 5, 19 • March 4, 18 • April (1 break), (8 Pine 140)

Recent events that include the U.S. 2016 election, Brexit, ransomware attacks, large data breaches, social media controversies, malicious intrusions into U.S. infrastructure etc., reveal a world coming face-to-face with the perils of a new technology. In fact, many authors have compared the dawn of the cyber age to the transformative effects of the nuclear age at the end of the twentieth century. The objectives of this class are to better understand these new information technologies, as well as to identify the challenges they bring to our society, democracy and the world. The focus will be on the concepts and what is important to OLLI members. We will present selected lectures from The Great Courses, augmented by other source material to address recent events. This class does not require detailed knowledge of computers or the internet. 

Coordinators: Jim R. Monroe and Leland Akasaki