Exploring the Strategic Challenges and Opportunities of Emerging Technologies

Basic cybersecurity literacy is becoming increasingly vital. Cyber attackers, ranging from hacktivists to organized crime networks and even nation states, are targeting vulnerable networks and are frequently successful in stealing funds, breaching critical infrastructure, as well as valuable intellectual property. There is a growing call from the White House, Congress, and industry groups to put in place cybersecurity best practices to better manage the multifaceted cyber threat facing the private sector. However, it is not always clear what those practices should be, or how to implement them in a dynamic, global regulatory environment. This program hosted by the Institute for Defense and Business in partnership with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is a spin-off of the IU-IDB Strategic Studies Program (2015 – 2018 SBS) and is designed to introduce participants to the multifaceted strategic cyber risks facing the United States with a special focus on harnessing the benefits, while mitigating the risks, of emerging technologies in the national security context from a non­ military lens.

Downloadable Program Summary

Key Topics

  • Introduction to Multi-faceted Cyber Threats
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)
  • Internet of Things & 5G
  • Securing Smart Cities
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy, & the Pandemic
  • Supply Chain Security & Blockchain


Learning Objectives:

After successfully completing this Program, participants will:

  • Better understand the multifaceted cyber threat facing the public and private sectors
  • Be equipped with a toolbox of cybersecurity best practices designed to manage cyber risk exposure
  • Have a firm introduction to both U.S. and comparative cybersecurity law and policy
  • Know the contours of important cybersecurity debates such as the appropriate role of government in safeguarding critical infrastructure, analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of active defense, and how to manage risks and opportunities in the expanding Internet of Things
  • Situate U.S. efforts at enhancing cybersecurity in a global context, and be aware of how other jurisdictions are regulating this space
  • Further develop the confidence necessary to work well collaboratively on interdisciplinary cybersecurity solutions


  • Learn cutting edge technology and how the technology impacts national security
  • Apply innovative thinking to your area of work
  • Expand your understanding of key functional areas in cyber

Participant Profile:

Career Levels of 0-2 to 0-4, W-1 to W-3, E7 to E-9, GS11-GS-13. Early Career Professionals and Private Industry.


World class faculty from Indiana University and other practitioners in the field:

Scott Shackelford, JD, PhD

Indiana University at Bloomington

Program Staff:

Mike C. Bogdahn, USMC Depot Deputy Commander (Ret)

Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

Clark B. Streets

Associate Program Director


Professionals and organizations interested in this program should contact IDB’s Customer Advocate, Mike Bogdahn at bogdahn@idb.org or (760) 577-8324 for enrollment information.

What to Expect:


This program consists of six highly interactive synchronous sessions, once per week with asynchronous work in between, and includes both practical exercises and a final project.

There will be a Kickoff on May 10 with each session taking place on Friday mornings from 8:00 – 12:00 EDT for six consecutive weeks.

Participants can expect to spend four hours a week in class and 1 – 2 hours a week in preparation for pre-reads and simulations. The last two weeks, there will be an additional 2 hours to prepare for the Capstone Project briefing.