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Cyber Intelligence Initiative to offer professional development courses this spring

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This spring, IWP’s Cyber Intelligence Initiative will offer several courses geared towards cyber professionals in government and industry. These courses cover topics like Cyber Intelligence Analysis, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Strategy, and International Law.

Most courses are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of those who are currently working in this field. Each course includes approximately 40 hours of instruction. A list of these courses and links to register may be found below.

IWP is also holding an Open House for the Cyber Intelligence Initiative on Friday, February 1, from 10:00 AM-2:15 PM. More info/Register

Vital Cyber Intelligence Analysis Skills

Tuesdays 1:00 – 4:00 PM, April 30-July 23, 2019

Learn the fundamentals of intelligence analysis and apply those critical skills to the cyber domain. You will explore the intelligence cycle, OODA loop, different methodologies, probability rationale, structured analytic techniques, and predictive intelligence writing and briefing.

Instructor: Brian Lane

Brian Lane is recognized across the U.S. Intelligence Community for extensive finished intelligence production as a Subject Matter Expert on Maritime issues. As a founding member of the ONI Civil Maritime Analysis Team, he personally shaped the team’s focus areas, production schedule, and analytical methodologies which are still in use today. He has extensive experience briefing senior policy-makers in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the government and has worked extensively with other IC agencies as a task force member on multiple occasions. His education includes a B.S. in Marine Transportation/Global Logistics from the California Maritime Academy, and an M.S. in terrorism/counterterrorism studies from Henley-Putnam University.


Cyber Intelligence and Statecraft

Mondays 6:00 – 9:00 PM, April 29-July 22, 2019

Are you prepared for the global strategic environment and its battlefields in cyberspace? This course equips you to conduct multi-dimensional analyses of aggressive actions by state actors, their proxies, and non-state actors. It then prepares you to develop solutions and policy options within the emerging, continually evolving threat landscape of cyber warfare.

Instructor: Sana Saleh

Sana is an accomplished executive and national security expert with exceptional experience leading, managing, and building successful cross-functional and multidisciplinary teams to implement far reaching policy development objectives, departmental business targets, and Congressional mandates. Cyber security organizational lead who initiated and led inaugural ‘cyber’ working groups. Leveraged expertise in diverse portfolios in high stakes crises and global security issues. Public policy influencer sought after to speak at events on behalf of Department of Defense.  Capable of crafting necessary policies in anticipation of imminent problems and vulnerabilities. Drove policies through Departmental coordination and implemented long term and near-term strategies. Security Clearance valid through 2023.


Cyber Terrorism

Evenings and weekends, please see schedule below. 

This course is designed to provide national se­curity and cyber intelligence professionals like you with an understanding of cyber terrorism. You will learn to dissect the motive, means, and opportunity for the use of cyber to commit crimes, cause terror, and undermine national security. You will also gain knowledge of cyber tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by cyber criminals and cyber terrorists.

Instructor: Paul de Souza

Mr. Paul de Souza is the founder of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), he serves as an advisor for the MCPA (Military Cyber Professionals Association), and he is a recipient of the Order of Thor Medal. Paul serves as a CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organized Crime Research) Visiting Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Guest Lecturer at The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) Försvarshögskolanand, on The Institute of World Politics Board of Advisors for the Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) in Washington, D.C.; as a Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator Advisor for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel (INSS) – Cyber Security and Military & Strategic affairs Programs, and completed the Executive Certificate Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel.

He served as a Federal Director of Training and Education for Norman Data Defense Systems, and he is faculty at George Washington University.

Mr. de Souza has over 18 years of cyber security experience and has worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where he designed and approved secure networks for MSS (Managed Security Services). Mr. de Souza also worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and US Robotics as a security engineer. He has consulted for several governments, military organizations, and private institutions across the globe.

Mr. de Souza has a Master’s in National Security Studies (MA) with a concentration in Terrorism from American Military University, West Virginia VA.


  • 29 Apr (Mon) 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • 02 May (Thur) 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • 04 May (Sat) All day
  • 06 May (Mon) 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • 09 May (Thur) 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • 11 May (Sat) All day
  • 13 May (Mon) 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • 16 May (Thur) 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • 18 May (Sat) all day


Cyber Strategy Development

Saturdays, May 11-July 6, 2019, 8 hrs per session

This course introduces the concepts and meth­ods of strategic cyber planning and applying it and intelligence across diverse environments. It culminates with each student producing a cyber strategy for an organization of their choosing. This course will provide students with the abil­ity to assess and develop cyber strategies.

Instructor: Joe Billingsley

Joe Billingsley is an adjunct professor and advisor of the Cyber Intelligence Initiative at the Institute of World Politics, Director of Strategic Engagement at the College of Information and Cyberspace at National Defense University, founder of the Military Cyber Professionals Association, adjunct faculty at the George Washington University, Advisor of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, Fellow at the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation, Special Advisor of the peer-reviewed journal Military Cyber Affairs, and collaborates with organizations including the Atlantic Council and Smithsonian Institution.

He is an Iraq War veteran and former U.S. Army Strategist and Cyber Operations Officer, having graduated from programs at the Army War College, Naval War College, Military Intelligence School, and Army School of Information Technology. He hold a BA in History from the University of Connecticut, a MS in Cyber Systems and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is pursuing a PhD in Information Sciences.



  • 11 May 2019 (Saturday)
  • 25 May 2019 (Saturday)
  • 8 June 2019 (Saturday)
  • 22 June 2019 (Saturday)
  • 7 July 2019 (Saturday)


International Law: Navigating Gray Zone Challenges In The Cyber-Domain

Wednesdays 6:30 – 9:30 PM, April 24-July 24, 2019

If you want to address the pressing questions of international law as it relates to cyber security, look no further. This course will examine the impact of international legal principles of Russian, Chinese, North Korean, and U.S. cyber operations (including offensive operations) and national security policy. You will be challenged to grapple with defining standards for the behavior of states in cyberspace – particularly concerning espionage, and financial crime – that are in line with international law.

Instructor: Ethan Burger

Ethan S. Burger, Esq., is a Washington-based international legal consultant, attorney, and academic. He recently taught about cybersecurity and participated in curriculum development at Vilnius University on a grant from the Fulbright Foundation.

His areas of specialty include: Transnational Financial Crime and Corruption, Cybersecurity Law, Corporate Governance, Russian Country Conditions, and Legal Ethics / Professional Responsibility / Legal Malpractice. He has worked on programs funded by the Australian Federal Police and the U.S. Department of Justice.

He is on the Fulbright Foundation’s Senior Specialist Program Roster and is eligible to work on qualified academic projects.