Since 2007, security experts from academia and industry have met on the IUP or University of Pittsburgh campuses for a series of detailed discussions on national cyber security topics. These events, hosted by the Political Science Department, have met
in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014 with the goal of gaining a better understanding of cyberspace’s national security dimensions.
Themes of these research workshops include terrorists’ use of the Internet; cyber threats, challenges, and response; and the characterization of cyberspace’s structure, nature, and functionality.
Over the course of the roundtable discussions, the following have participated in all of some of the discussions:
The panelists met on the IUP campus for daylong meetings in a roundtable setting. The 2007, 2013, and 2014 forums provided live video stream to classrooms where students could observe the discussions. Furthermore, students were given the opportunities
to interject their ideas and ask questions. Footage of the entire 2007, 2013, and 2014 meetings, as well as footage of the discussions of the 2009 roundtable at the University of Pittsburgh, are available on
These discussions were fruitful and fostered these publications:
Letter to Congress, 2010.
Phil Williams and Dighton Fiddner, Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities, and Strategic Competition, The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), 2015.
Fiddner, D., Defining a Framework for Decision Making in Cyberspace, IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2015.
Fiddner, D., “Cyberspace’s Strategic Domain’s Implications for National Security”, Jagiellonian University Conference 2015 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Security in the Changing World, Krakow, Poland, June 18–20, 2015.
Fiddner, D., “Managing Cyberspace National Security,” Peace Studies Society (PSS)–International Studies Association (ISA) Joint Conference, Budapest, Hungary, June 27–29, 2013.
Fiddner, D., “Strategy in the [Missile] Cyber Age”, British International Studies Association (BISA) and the International Studies (ISA) Joint International Conference in 2012, Edinburgh, UK, June 20–22, 2012.
Fiddner, D. “Medieval Ideology and 21st Century Technology: Al Qaeda, Terrorism and the Internet”, 49th Annual ISA Convention, San Francisco, CA, March 26–March 29, 2008.
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