Cyber-Threat Intelligence (CINT0101)

Fall - October 17–December 20, 2020
Days & Time:
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Michael Gibbons

Course Description

Each year cybercriminals steal hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of information from major companies and vital national security secrets from governments, while terrorist organizations leverage cyber-networks for distributing their media and recruiting. It is imperative to nurture the next generation of intelligence professionals to understand the cyber-threat landscape given its ubiquitous impact on our daily lives.

In this course participants are exposed to cyber-threat intelligence as a discipline and its function in providing decision-makers with the support they need to stay abreast of evolving security challenges. Case studies on advanced persistent threat (APT) groups and large cybercrime networks are examined so as to better understand their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs); their successes; and their shortcomings. Further, we look at technology’s evolution and how it is integrated into our lives along with the likely future threat landscape that accompanies these technologies.

Threat intelligence encompasses more than the government, considering all private companies are reliant on technology and have their own threat intelligence teams, so this course focuses on both the public and private sectors.

Course readings cover the topics of intelligence, analysis, advanced persistent threat groups, cybercriminals, terrorist organizations, and the different methods these actors use to conduct their attacks and operations. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Please note, this is not a computer science class and no technical expertise is required.

CINT0101 | Call Number: 22328 |  View this listing on the Directory of Courses.


Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons is a cyber-domain expert for Dataminr and has worked for the business-risk intelligence firm Flashpoint, where he addressed cybercrime and counterterrorism, focusing on ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s presence in the deep web and numerous forms of fraud. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and national security from Tiffin University and a Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Michael is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he completed tours in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. Since his service, he has consulted for the United Nations Development Program and the RAND Corporation, focusing on conflict resolution in Peru and security governance reform in West Africa.

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