Monterey Cyber Security Initiative
The Monterey Institute launched the Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec) in May 2013 following a year's worth of roundtable meetings. Our mission is to create an interdisciplinary platform to assess the impact of technology on security, peace and communication. Housed in the Office of the President, we provide input and coordinate the Institute’s existing cyber efforts in multiple fields, create a collaborative community of interest regionally, provide a forum for international, key-leader engagement as well as increase research and education on cyber security.
The Many Facets of Cyber
We seek to deepen MIIS’ existing efforts to address the relevance of technology in international affairs. This includes hard security, human security/development issues, irregular war, state and non-state actors, ethics, cross-cultural communication, social media, linguistics and language, business/economics, intelligence, homeland security, peace and stabilization efforts, environmental factors as well as other aspects. Though we are not directly addressing highly technical approaches or legal theory related to cyber, we plan to partner with those who do to provide a balanced effort. A brief survey of Monterey Institute’s faculty and staff highlights the complexity of cyber security and how it is being addressed:
Creating a Network to Secure a Network...
MCySec is also building an international, inter-disciplinary network amongst key stakeholders to provide a balanced voice on these salient topics. By partnering with multiple institutes locally, nationally and worldwide we aim to leverage the many strengths of various existing efforts to better address contemporary cyber threats. In addition, we plan to host small, key-leader-engagement meetings on salient topics in Chatham House rules format to create a community of interest on various aspects of cyber policy. Finally, MCySec plans to maximize its geographical location near Silicon Valley to incorporate the local perspective as well as international voices. By doing so, we seek to inform policy makers from a bottom-up approach that can complement existing voices (Highlands' Forum model for academia).
Research and Education
As a continuation of the cyber security instruction at the Monterey Institute over the past several years, MCySec is coordinating course and workshops this academic year that address the various topics in cyber security. For instance, this Fall Dr George Moore, Senior Scientists at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is teaching “Nuclear Aspects of Cyber Security.” Additionally, MCySec Director Dr. Itamara Lochard will be offering "Non-state Actors in a Digital World" during 2014.
We’re also launching an online publication series to provide salient and timely research on how technology touches areas relevant to the Institute’s approach to international affairs. In addition, our site will also provide resources on events, news, articles, books, websites and other matters of interest to the many facets of cyber. For our students, faculty and staff we are sponsoring the Cyber Security Student Working Group which will conduct training workshops, host round-table discussions, host a speaker series from the region and provide local field trips.