About The Forum

Bridging the Divide: The Law, Technology, and Business of Cyber Security

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After a successful inaugural year, the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum will return in 2018, in collaboration with the Yale Center for Global Legal Challenges and the Yale Office of International Affairs, along with knowledge partner McKinsey & Company.

Integrating McKinsey’s extensive knowledge of best practices in cybersecurity with Yale’s scholarly expertise, the Forum will focus on bridging the divide between law, technology and business in cybersecurity, and expose participants to effective approaches to recognizing, preparing for, preventing, and responding to cyber threats.

The Forum director is Oona A. Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and founder and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School. 

What makes the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum different from other programs?

The team-taught Forum will be organized around expert panels, talks by keynote speakers and breakout sessions in which we will draw on the expertise of all participants. The Forum will bring together a diverse set of thought leaders, including practitioners from leading law firms, cybersecurity technology experts, policy experts and academics working at the cutting edge of cybersecurity. Every attendee at the conference will take an active role in tackling the challenges ahead.

During the Forum, McKinsey experts will facilitate specially designed sessions in which thought leaders will strategize on how best to bridge critical knowledge gaps in cybersecurity. After these sessions, a leadership report will be produced based on both large-group and small-group conversations—outlining the challenges posed by the cyber divide and potential strategies for overcoming them—at both the individual firm level and at the government policy/regulatory level.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The technical threat landscape
  • The regulatory and legal landscape, at both the domestic and international levels
  • The cyber divide across different disciplines
  • Making decisions about cyber-security in a world of uncertainty
  • What can be learned from recent cyber-attacks: what to do and what not to do when faced with an attack
  • How to restructure the legal and regulatory landscape to better bridge the divide

The Forum will draw on lessons learned in a Hewlett Foundation-funded cross-disciplinary course, “The Law and Technology of Cyber Conflict,” co-taught by Professor Hathaway. The innovative collaboration between Yale Law School and the Yale Department of Computer Science, aimed at spanning the disciplinary gaps between future lawyers and computer scientists, provides a foundation for the Cyber Leadership Forum conversations. Several Yale students will participate in portions of the conference, offering a fresh perspective on the challenges that lie ahead.   

Who would benefit from attending the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum?

2018 dates coming soon! Enrollment is limited and applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis.

Please browse our Frequently Asked Questions and Admissions pages for more information on tuition rate, discounts available, deadlines, and more.