Network Disaster Recovery and IP Network/Cyber Security for Senior Policy Makers

Course Description

The first section of the course will focus on Network Disaster Recovery. The second section of the course will focus on cyber security, and will address Internet Security and Enterprise Security; the kinds of risks occurring in cyber space and with physical networks; and ongoing preventative and remedial responses that are currently being undertaken to address the kinds of online and cyber threats, such as DDOSS attacks, botnets, and malware. This course will include a presentation and virtual tour of the AT&T Global Network Operation Center.

This course will address two interrelated areas: Section I: Network Disaster Recovery and the role of planning to address logical and physical threats to the network and Section II: IP network/cyber security issues and key issues facing telecommunications companies, their customers, and senior policy makers.

Section I: Network Disaster Recovery (NDR)
This course seeks to address the challenges of preparing for and then responding to a network disaster outage in a world where communications, online applications and Internet are critical to ensuring public safety and ensuring reliable, sustainable communications services delivery in times of disasters. As governments and individuals increase their reliance on communications networks to conduct mission critical activities, ensuring communications network operations during a disaster has increasing importance. To confront these risks, and to preserve the communications networks, comprehensive preparation and planning for a catastrophic network outage is essential.

Disruption of communications networks prevents public safety organizations, such as first responders, public health officials, and law enforcement from meeting the public’s needs. Disaster preparedness and recovery planning is designed to reduce the disruption of essential services when an emergency situation occurs. Emergency communications planning is a key component of any disaster mitigation strategy and disaster recovery plans. Disaster plans should be flexible enough to be adapted to particular emergency situations. Telecommunications companies must ensure their continuity of operations and manage the security and operability of their communications systems and networks during emergencies. Governmental agencies have both concerns about the continuity and recovery of communications networks from a policy perspective, and must rely on communications networks to support governmental response to citizens in real time, during an actual disaster.
There are several factors to be considered in developing and adopting a Network Disaster Recovery plan, including Professional Services, Emergency Communications & Wireless Solutions; Network & Recovery Services; and Data Protection Services. Execution of a NDR strategy is critical to minimizing damage and restoring a network outage. This course will address various execution methods, including training of personnel, testing of equipment and managing events.

This portion of the course describes a case example of how a global communications company plans and prepares for Network Disaster Recovery. Topics addressed: Planning for Securing the Network; Adopting a Network Disaster Recovery Strategy; and Implementing and Execution of NDR Strategy.

Section II: Cyber Security: IP Network Security for Senior Policy Makers
As governments and individuals increase their reliance on the Internet and ongoing applications to conduct mission critical activities, and as more private networks are interconnected to the Internet, a firm knowledge of the kinds of risks and threats that are underway and growing in the online world and implementation of Internet Security techniques has increasing importance. The growth of risks and threats to the security of the Internet and IP networks is well understood. Threats come from a variety of sources, including malicious attacks orchestrated by individuals, or criminal elements, non savvy users; and other sources. The increase in exposure with interconnected networks is accompanied by an increase in potential network security risks presented by attacks such as viruses, spam, and denial of service, hacking and corporate espionage and botnets. To confront these risks, and to preserve the Internet and online applications as essential tools for conducting important social and economic activity, Internet security measures are evolving and improving quickly. Network operators and ISPs, along with others in the Internet eco-system are actively addressing minimizing harm to data and individuals, working to identify risks and isolate them, and to build in forms of prevention against harmful attacks.
The course will provide a session on current forms of Internet security risk, an overview of cutting edge measures that can be taken to minimize those risks, and a discussion of areas for international public private collaboration and cooperation in both the technical and policy areas.

Learning Objective

This course is designed for policy makers at a senior level.




Washington, DC


June 11, 2019