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Digital Warfare: The Future of Cyberthreats in the Twenty-first Century

How does hacking and influencing work out in cyberspace? How has Stuxnet - the world's first cyberweapon - changed the way of warfare? What are the psychological effects of having an invisible enemy, and what are future developments?

Digital communication is deeply woven into our society, ranging from “tikkies” and other financial services to the operations of our healthcare system. Increasing dependence on the Internet's functioning, however, comes with vulnerabilities.

Even the smallest failures have an impact on our world's economic, political, and social stability. Hacking and digital influencing are now common practices. Therefore, numerous states have started to develop cyber security frameworks, including military responses to possible cyber-attacks.

Instead of workouts in the mud, soldiers of the future are trained to fight in the depths of cyberspace.

The core lectures are given by brigadier-general prof. dr. Ducheine (military lawyer, specialised in Cyber Warfare), complemented by academics with different backgrounds from the University of Amsterdam.

To give you an insight into the reality of fighting cyber threats, a case study on hacking EncroChat and PGP networks is provided by teachers from the Dutch armed forces and police. 


Prof. dr. P.A.L. (Paul) Ducheine.


You can find the timetable on Datanose.
We now expect that all lectures can take place on-campus. However, if the regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are intensified, we may be forced to organise our education online. Before and during the course, you will be informed about the latest regulations.

Entry requirements

Open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students only. 


Registration is open from 5 December 2022 until one week prior to the start of the course. For students registration proceeds through the GLASS registration rounds


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

More information

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in February