About the Program
The Strauss Center’s Integrated Cybersecurity Studies (ICS) program pioneers a uniquely-interdisciplinary approach to the study of cybersecurity issues at the graduate level, featuring a customized integration of sophisticated perspectives from law, public policy, business administration, computer science, and engineering. Within the School of Law, Strauss sponsors a cybersecurity concentration for the LLM (Master of Laws) degree.
Across the wider university, Strauss soon will be launching a “graduate portfolio” designation—based on the completion of interdisciplinary coursework—for graduate students in all of UT Austin’s programs. And soon after that, Strauss will launch a free library of training videos providing the public with ready-access to these topics. Meanwhile, we continue to host our in-residence “cyber tech bootcamp” each semester, along with an array of high-impact speakers and events.
Cyber Policy Competition
The Strauss Center at The University of Texas at Austin partnered with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative to host a “regional” round of the Atlantic Council’s renowned cybersecurity policy competition on January 16th and 17th, 2020. Nineteen teams competed in this exciting two-day competition, including teams from the University of Texas at Austin, United States Military Academy West Point, Harvard University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Texas A&M University, and Brown University. The Competition was an excellent proving ground for UT graduate students participating in the Strauss Center’s Integrated Cybersecurity Studies program.
This LLM degree concentration provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the legal, policy, and technical architectures associated with cybersecurity. It is designed from the ground up to be transdisciplinary, featuring bespoke courses open, not just to law students, but to other graduate schools from across the campus. No prior expertise is required or expected. For more information about the LLM program in general, click here.
In keeping with our mission to promote the interdisciplinary study of cybersecurity issues (generously supported by the Hewlett Foundation), the Strauss Center established the Cybersecurity Fellows Program to encourage full-time, in-residence graduate students from all departments who have an interest in cybersecurity to take relevant courses from outside their home department, to reward students who pursue this approach with formal recognition, to generate a cross-campus community of interest featuring a speaker series and mentoring, and to provide financial support for cybersecurity-related research, conference attendance, and the like.