MIIS Cyber Initiative (MIIS Cyber)

MIIS Cyber Website

On the MIIS Cyber (formerly MIIS CySec) website you will find additional information on our efforts. Here you can find details on our director, fellows, partners as well as our nearly 40 faculty, and senior staff. In addition, we list current and past events, speaker series, and blogs. We also provide academic, international, U.S. government, private sector and think tank resources on cyber hygiene, news, terminology, publications, cyber threat maps, all existing cyber security polices of nation states and international agreements. Welcome!

MIIS Cyber Mission

As the both the threat and potential for peace in cyberspace are transnational and multi-faceted, the MIIS Cyber Initiative (MIIS Cyber) seeks

"to provide an interdisciplinary, networked platform to assess the policy impact of the information age on security, peace and communications in international affairs."

Our strategy is to execute this mission as we:

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

As the only civilian policy school of international affairs in Northern and Central California, MIIS is uniquely able to provide instruction and mentoring for the next-generation of policy leaders.

MIIS Cyber is the first effort worldwide to address the intersection of cyberspace policy issues with international affairs from a social-science perspective. This includes hard security, human security, economic/business issues, language and linguistics, social media, digital ethics and environmental issues.

Congruent with Middlebury's known strength in language instruction and Monterey's reputation as the language capital of the world, we remain on the cutting-edge when it relates to cyberspace language skills. By hosting our many events with professional, specialized interpretation booths, we are unique in providing our translation and interpretation students with consistent opportunities to hone their language skills on cyberspace policy for practicum credit.

Housed in the Office of the President, we are also the only academic program globally which employs a networked approach to address this nexus of cyberspace policy topics throughout the entire school.

Creating a Network to Secure a Network...

MIIS Cyber's model is premised on the notion that building an international, inter-disciplinary 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 for cooperation in cyberspace.

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

Finally, MIIS Cyber maximizes its geographical location near Silicon Valley and in Monterey, which is home to many U.S. military and civilian government organizations, to reflect the pulse of local and national perspectives. Our international policy engagements in cyberspace as well as equal reach to all continents ensures we capture international voices on cyber policy issues as well. 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.

Please visit our MIIS Cyber Initiative (MIIS Cyber) website for additional information!