Cybersecurity 101 from Harvard Law Scholars

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on August 13, 2012

For many citizens, cybersecurity is understood simply as “measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack” (Merriam-Webster). They count on their government officials to make sure both their online banking and tap water is safe. And that’s all they care to know about cybersecurity.
For those of you who want to delve deeper in your understanding of cybersecurity and threats of cyberattacks, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Harvard Law School Library have made a set of materials on cybersecurity available to TAP readers. Cybersecurity 101: Three-Part Introductory Section provides a foundational overview to be utilized in cybersecurity courses. However, you don’t need to be enrolled in a research program at Harvard Law School in order to understand and gain knowledge from this robust set of content.
The cybersecurity material provides an outlined framework and links to articles, reports, and books (the great majority of which is available online for free) on topics such as the basics of the Internet infrastructure and its vulnerabilities; different forms of attack and responses; national security concerns that arise from the cyber domain; and, governing and regulatory mechanisms, both internationally and domestically, that cover cybersecurity considerations.
The Cybersecurity 101 content is a preview of a set of resources drawn from Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith’s materials. The H2O site is an open source, web-based platform developed by Professor Jonathan Zittrain and the Berkman Center for connecting professors, students, and researchers online as they create, edit, organize, consume, and share course materials. It was designed as an online alternative to casebooks that are free and remixable.