About Us



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As the both the threat and potential for peace in cyberspace is transnational and multi-dimensional, the  Monterey Institute Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec) seeks

“to provide an interdisciplinary, networked platform to assess the impact of the information age on  security, peace and communications.”  

Our strategy is to execute this mission is to:

1. employ a networked approach to create a public-private-academic community of interest;
2. provide a forum for international, key-leader engagement;
3. increase research and education on cyberspace issues related to international affairs; and
4. provide input and coordinate the Institute’s efforts related to information, communication and technology.

MCySec is the first effort worldwide to address the intersection of cyberspace issues with international affairs from a social-science perspective. It is also only academic program globally that employs a networked approach to address this nexus of issues. Finally, we provide our translation and interpretation students the ability to hone their language skills in cyberspace issues through our many events that are in rooms with access to specialized booths.

The Many Facets of Cyber

The Monterey Institute Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec) was formally launched as an Initiative of the Office of the President in May 2013, following two years of roundtable meetings and cyberspace policy workshops and speaking series.  It provides input and coordinates the Institute’s existing classes, grants and research efforts to address the relevance of technology in international affairs.

This includes hard security, human security/development, digital ethics, cross-cultural communication, social media, linguistics and language, economics, peace and stabilization efforts, environmental factors as well as other aspects. Though we do not predominantly provide highly technical approaches to cyberspace issues, we do partner with those who do in order to provide a balanced effort. 

Nearly 40 Monterey Institute faculty and senior staff incorporate cyberspace issues into their coursework and research. A brief survey of their efforts highlights the complexity of cyberspace issues and how it is being addressed at MIIS. MCySec’s Director  and Senior Fellows provide unique, in-depth approaches to these topics. The Digitial Lear

Creating a Network to Secure a Network…

MCySec’s model is premised on the notion that building an international, interdisciplinary network amongst key stakeholders provides a balanced voice on salient topics related to information. By partnering with multiple institutes locally, nationally and worldwide we aim to leverage the many strengths of various existing efforts to better address contemporary threats and understand potential opportunities in cyberspace.

In addition, we host small, key-leader-engagement meetings on cutting edge topics in a Chatham House rules format to create a community of interest on various aspects of cyberspace policy.

Finally, MCySec maximizes its geographical location near Silicon Valley to better reflect the pulse of the local perspective as well as international voices. By doing so, we aim to inform policy makers from a bottom-up approach that can complement existing efforts. We have partnered with the Highlands Group to pave the way to fully developing a Highlands Forum model for academia.

Graduate Education

MCySec coordinates courses and executive education workshops that address the various aspects of the information age. For instance, MCySec Director Dr. Itamara Lochard offers  “Non-state Actors in a Digital World” which is cross-listed across our programs.  In addition, Dr. George Moore, MCySec Senior Technical Fellow and Senior Scientist in Residence at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) teaches “Nuclear Aspects of Cyber Security.”  The Institute also provides courses and workshops in GIS, cyber elements of money laundering, social network analysis, automated nuclear disarmament scenarios, among many others. Currently offered cyberspace-related courses for credit are available here. Moreover, the Digital Learning Common (DLC) focuses on providing digital media fluency to the Institute. Projects include 3-D maps, MIIS Radio, L10N@MIIS and TEDxMonterey, among others.

In addition, MCySec hosts a speaker series of Silicon Valley and government leaders on cyberspace issues. We held  18 sessions during 2013-204, primarily in rooms with interpretation booths so that students in Monterey Institute’s Graduate School for Translation, Interpretation and Language Education (GSTILE) practicum course could sharpen their live interpretation skills with the ever-growing cyber vocabulary. This serves our multi-disciplinary effort and pairs well with Middlebury’s excellence in language instruction. We are the only institution that provides a constant stream of cyber-related content for language students. 

Executive Education

MCySec is also actively involved in providing executive education on cyberspace issues. In summer 2014, MCySec Director, Dr. Lochard co-developed and co-instructed a three-week, “Cyberspace Policy and International Relations Executive Education” course with partners at the Cooperative Monitoring Center of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). This initial foray into cyber executive education for SNL aims to use technology as a platform for cooperation among key countries. We also plan to host a “Language Applications of Cyberspace Workshop” with partners at Lingua Brava this academic year.

Internationally, we are helping create the academic curricula and coursework on cyberspace issues with partners in the Balkans at the Military Academy of Macedonia who are developing a program that will benefit all countries in the region. As Vermont is the partner state of Macedonia, this is a natural extension of Middlebury’s international footprint.  These efforts have been supported by the NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division.  Moreover, we participated in coordinating Balkan and Baltic countries on cyberspace issues at the Ministry of Defense level in Spring 2014.

In addition, Dr. Lochard continues to provide executive education, subject matter expertise and consulting to the NATO Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism (CoE-DAT) on the role of technology for the Alliance. These efforts are open to participants from NATO countries as well as those in the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative as well others . She still teaches the course she created at NATO CoE-DAT on “Terrorists’ Use of Cyberspace,” “Deterring Terrorists’ Use of Cyber” as well as those on ‘Strategic Communications” and “Organizational Structures of Groups.”

Research on Cyberspace Issues

In addition to providing coursework and executive education, MCySec also provides guidance to the Monterey Institute on incorporating cyber aspects into relevant curricula, proposals and grants.

We have also added MCySec Senior Fellows to provide salient and timely research on how technology touches areas relevant to the Institute’s approach to international affairs. We plan to launch an on-line publication series this year highlighting their work as well as others related to these issues.

Furthermore, MCySec Director Dr. Lochard is culminating a three-year project as chair of the “Understanding the Local Dynamics” panel of the NATO HUMINT Center of Excellence (HCOE) on behalf of NATO headquarters. This effort provides research to the Alliance on how to best create policy to address upcoming conflicts by incorporating various elements of technology with traditional analysis.


Our website hosts several resources pages that are continuously updated to address the many facets of cyberspace.  Here you can find information on our events, news articles, scholarly publications, books, websites, cyber hygiene, terminology, cyber security policies of various states and key maps digitizing relevant information.

Our speaker series is open to the public otherwise noted. Many of our sessions are recorded and subsequently posted on the site. Finally, for our students, faculty, staff and partners we sponsor the Cyber Security Working Group which conducts workshops, co-hosts round-table discussions, co-organizes speaker series from the region and provides local field trips.

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