Amy GaudionFebruary 2021 — Students in Professor Amy Gaudion’s Cybersecurity Law & Policy course are preparing for the 2021 Joint Cyberspace Law & Policy Exercise, an annual collaboration between Penn State Dickinson Law the U.S. Army War College. In this exercise, teams of Dickinson Law and U.S. Army War College students attempt to resolve an international cyberspace dispute.

The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, about two miles from Dickinson Law. As part of the law school’s collaborative initiatives with the USAWC, Dickinson Law hosts a joint Cyberspace Law & Policy Exercise each spring. The 1.5 day simulation examines international cyber laws and norms and serves as the capstone activity for students in Cybersecurity Law & Policy (Professor Gaudion’s course at Dickinson Law) and students in Cyberspace Issues: Fundamentals and Strategy (a graduate level course in the USAWC’s Master in Strategic Studies program). In this simulation exercise, student teams represent nation-states, non-government entities, and the private sector as they attempt to resolve a complex cyberspace issue in a real-world U.N. setting. This year’s exercise will be held in April.

Professor Amy Gaudion is the associate dean for academic affairs and professor of lawyering skills at Penn State Dickinson Law. Her research and teaching interests focus on cybersecurity, national security law, and civilian-military relations. Her recent scholarship includes The Role of Satellites and Smart Devices: Data Surprises and Security, Privacy, and Regulatory Challenges, 123 Penn St. L. Rev. 591 (2019) (co-authored with Anne Toomey McKenna and Jenni L. Evans), as well as Defending Your Country . . . and Gender – Legal Challenges and Opportunities Confronting Women in the Military, a chapter in Women, Law and Culture: Conformity, Contradiction and Conflict (Jocelynne A. Scutt ed., 2016) (Palgrave Macmillan). Professor Gaudion leads the Law School’s national security and cybersecurity programs, and she established an annual cyberspace exercise in collaboration with the U.S. Army War College.