The Integrated Cybersecurity Studies Initiative is a new research program at the Strauss Center, launched in 2016.

Follow the program events and research at #UTCyber.

There are two, mutually-reinforcing tracks under ICS. The first concerns the Strauss Center’s educational mission. Specifically, we are pioneering a uniquely-interdisciplinary approach to the study of cybersecurity issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels, featuring the customized integration of sophisticated perspectives not only from computer science and engineering but also from law, public policy, business administration, and other non-STEM fields. 

The second track concerns the Center’s public-policy mission. Under this heading, ICS will spur original research and convene events designed to impact those aspects of cybersecurity policy that have broad national and international significance, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) the issues at the intersection of national security, individual rights, and economic growth.




  • Spring 2018: Cyber Security Tech Boot Camp - From May 23-24, the Robert Strauss Center hosted an array of cybersecurity experts at UT Austin for a workshop to discuss today’s most pressing cybersecurity issues and policies.
  • Spring 2018: From March 15-18, 2018, the Robert Strauss Center will sponsor four students from the University of Texas at Austin for this year's "Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge," organized by the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe to compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe.
  • Spring 2017: From March 16-18, 2017, the Robert Strauss Center sponsored four students from the University of Texas at Austin who participated in the 2017 "Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge," organized by the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. The UT team competed against groups from across the country to develop policy recommendations responding to a fictional cybersecurity breach. Teams were judged on the caliber of their decision-making process and understanding of the implications of their recommendations on relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector entities.
  • Spring 2017: On February 7, 2017, the Texas Law Review hosted the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations Symposium, co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Lieber Institute for Law & Land Warfare at the United States Military Academy. This day-long event featured panels addressing sovereignty in cyberspace, jurisdiction over cyber activities, international human rights law in cyberspace, among other timely topics.
  • Spring 2016:  On February 4th through 6th, 2016, we hosted Frontiers of Cybersecurity Law and Policy a major conference encompassing a wide array of pressing issues ranging from the “going dark” encryption debate to botnet takedowns. We are proud to have partnered with Christian Science Monitor's Passcode as our media partner for this event, with the American Journal of Criminal Law for our February 5th sessions, and with the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security as our partner for the teacher-training component on February 6th. Please see the full agenda below. Video and audio from the sessions are posted here
  • Fall 2015: Integrated Cybersecurity Studies took an initial step when it partnered with the Federal Trade Commission to host Start with Security: Best Practices for Developers, Start-ups, and Innovators, a conference designed to bring entrepreneurs and investors into the cybersecurity conversation.