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Cyber Intelligence is your gateway to cyber threat preparedness.

IWP's Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) will help you keep pace with today’s escalating security risks. Our program presents the application of various intelligence disciplines to the field of cybersecurity. Its seminars are taught by professionals with first-hand knowledge of a rapidly-evolving field.

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Our Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2): preparing today’s leaders to meet tomorrow’s threats. We created our Ci2 professional education program to teach business and government executives how to utilize intelligence tools and cyber capabilities. Once armed with this knowledge, these professionals are ready to protect their organizations from cyber threats proactively.

Our is not solely academic knowledge; it was designed by top security experts to educate government and corporate leaders to uncover, respond, and protect their organizations in today’s increasingly complex cyber intelligence landscape. They impart knowledge through our professional education seminars on topics like cyber intelligence analysis, cyber terrorism, and cyber strategy development. Our seminars include Cyber Security and incorporate elements of Intelligence and Statecraft.

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R. James Woolsey
R. James Woolsey Former Director of Central Intelligence

"The Institute’s superb curriculum and fine faculty, with excellent backgrounds in both government and the academic world, create a well-integrated program that produces professionals well-grounded in the real world of security and foreign affairs, and in the underlying history, principles, and ethical issues of statecraft."

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Piyush Madhamshettiwar, Ph.D. Unstructured Data/AI/ML Architect

"The Ci2 program provided me with a unique opportunity to learn & practice various intelligence and counterintelligence disciplines."

Cagney Capps All Source Analyst at United States Air Force

“More than the conversation provoking lessons, the key speakers helped the students 'hack' their way into understanding the role of cyber from both a private sector and government perspective.”

Sinan Eraydin President, CyberMagus

"It was a privilege for me to learn from the best in their fields and expand my understanding of cyber intelligence. The Institute of World Politics is truly a home to national security practitioners, providing essential training opportunities based on strong theory and life experience."

Mike Moore Intelligence Analyst at Advanced Resource Technologies, Inc.

"Through the Cyber Intelligence Initiative, I have studied how effective and damaging cyber attacks can be. It was interesting to discover the means and methods of how countries conduct cyber operations. The new battlefields are in the cyber realm; knowing about what other countries are doing in the cyber realm is half the battle."

“Brian” Assistant Defense and Naval Attaché at a foreign embassy

"I learned a lot about threat intelligence and sources of intelligence. I was also exposed to how cyber capabilities have changed the nature of international conflicts – issues of sovereignty, intervention, etc."

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Tanner Carter
Tanner Carter United States Merchant Marine Academy

“While working within the Cyber Intelligence Initiative program at IWP, I was able to research and learn about a topic that is beginning to have a major impact on the modern world. In just a few short weeks, I had the opportunity to work with and talk to some of the nation’s leading experts in the Cyber Intelligence community, which is a valuable experience that I will be able to carry with me throughout my career.”

Kelsey O’Connor American University: School of International Service

"Working with the Cyber Intelligence Initiative was an incredible experience that opened my eyes to the world of cyber and its implications towards national security now and in the future."

Ashley Catania International Relations: Strategic Intelligence

"The Cyber Intelligence team has been an incredible experience and has guided me in developing a greater understanding of the expanding cyber realm. It provided me opportunities to engage with cyber professionals through conferences, have hands-on experiences with various softwares, and set me on a path to continually engage with cyber in the future."

Joseph Meehan Engineering Student at Santa Clara University

"The Cyber Intelligence Initiative was an excellent educational experience, both on a technical and a personal level. The process had numerous advantages in the forms of available resources and technical familiarity from Instructors who currently work at tech companies."

William Quigley
William Quigley United States Merchant Marine Academy

“The IWP Cyber Intelligence internship provided an invaluable opportunity to learn about the intelligence community and its operations. I am grateful to have had an experience I won’t forget for my internship.”

Cagney Capps All Source Analyst at United States Air Force

“In a time of abundant tactical cyber training and education, the Institute’s cyber strategy course was central in providing me with a sense of the strategic impact of the cyber domain.”

Valerie Bowman
Valerie Bowman United States Merchant Marine Academy

"The Cyber Intelligence Initiative at The Institute of World Politics opened my eyes to the countless threats we are all vulnerable to and ill prepared to defend ourselves against. Before participating in this program, I was unaware of how advantageous it is to combat cyber threats by incorporating the use of intelligence. Not only did I learn a great deal on this subject matter, my mind set was altered and thought processes expanded as well."

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About the Cyber Intelligence Initiative

A virtual series that leverages intelligence methods that enhance cybersecurity

Cyber Embassy Night with Daniel Bagge, Czech Cyber Attache to the US. Photo by Katie Persons Lewis
Above: Daniel Bagge, Czech Cyber Attaché to the US and Canada, spoke at an IWP Cyber Embassy Night in 2019.

The IWP Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) is designed by business leaders and national security experts to help both government and corporate executives better understand the intelligence and counterintelligence aspects of cyber security.

Cyber vulnerabilities are usually understood to be technical ones that require technological solutions. However, at least half of cyber vulnerabilities are human, including a lack of threat awareness, poor computer hygiene, and ignorance of how hostile intelligence organizations operate and exploit human failings. Ci2 will provide a blueprint on how to address these human vulnerabilities to increase security and reduce business risk.

Our Ci2 seminars incorporate elements of Intelligence and Statecraft that go beyond traditional classroom content. Once armed with this knowledge, our attendees are ready to find career placement and advancement in the field of cyber intelligence and proactively protect their organizations from cyber threats.

Each seminar in our program series focuses on a topic relating to cyber intelligence, cyber strategy development, cyber intelligence analysis, and protective security through counterintelligence. Attendees may register for a single seminar or complete the whole series. The series repeats to allow for entry into the program at any time. IWP is developing a Cyber Intelligence Certification for those who complete the entire series of courses.

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Cyber Intelligence Courses

Joe Billingsley
“We must build this small but growing social network of those engaged in and around the rapidly evolving state of cyber diplomacy.” -Joe Billingsley, Cyber Intelligence Instructor, IWP Adjunct Professor

Ci2 offers the following professional development courses:

  • Cyber Critical Infrastructure
  • Cyber Intelligence for Insider Threats
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Vital Cyber Analysis Skills
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Cyber International Relations and Statecraft
  • Counter Intelligence Cyber Technology
  • Cyber Terrorism
  • Cyber Strategy Development
  • Legal Dimensions of Russian-U.S. Interactions in Cyberspace

Contact: Dean Lane (408) 623-9038

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Tailored Programs in Cyber Intelligence

John Scimone leads a seminar for the Cyber Intelligence Initiative
Above: John Scimone, who was serving as SVP and Global Chief Information Security Officer with Sony Group, spoke at a Cyber Intelligence Initiative seminar.

Not all organizations are alike. Each has a unique mission, function, and critical data or intellectual property that needs to be protected.

We provide a variety of seminars and customized sessions that address specific aspects of our customers’ needs. Our clients come to us because of our unique depth and breadth of experience in cyber intelligence and counterintelligence.

Work with us to design the program that fits the needs of your organization.

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What is Cyber Intelligence?

cy · ber in · tel · li · gence ˈsībər inˈteləjəns

1: PRODUCT a) assessment of an adversary’s capabilities, intentions and activities resulting from the collection, processing, integration, analysis, and interpretation of information needed to secure digital property and assets; b) evidence-based knowledge, including context, mechanisms, indicators, implications, and actionable advice about an existing or emerging menace or hazard that can be used to enhance threat awareness and inform decisions on how to respond to that menace or hazard; and c) the use of protective security and counterintelligence methods to protect digital property and assets; 2: PROCESS a) the collecting and processing (including pattern analysis) of relevant cyber information — including the intentions, capabilities, opportunities, and cyber operations of foreign countries, non-state actors, and their agents — which is needed by governments for their national security policies and by non-governmental organizations for their business and other purposes; and b) distinguishing between technical and human vulnerabilities and the use of both defensive and offensive counterintelligence concepts to address the latter.