For over twenty years, the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) has been the sole forum in which the members of the academic field of cybersecurity have gathered to present and discuss new ideas. CISSE was first established to provide a single place to conduct productive conversations between a variety of government, industry, and academic on the topic of cybersecurity education. Ideas arising from those discussions have led to new and improved content and curricula for cybersecurity teaching.Mission Statement
The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education is hosting two days of online sessions this November. This will be the first of a series of remote events for members, with the initial offering open to past conference attendees and guests.
Dr. Maconachy holds a PhD in education from The University of Maryland.
Dr. Maconachy has earned several certifications to include Two Professionalization Certifications from The NSA, and appointed a fellow of ISC2.
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Dr. Maconachy is a co-founder and currently the Chairman of Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education.
After retiring from federal service, Dr. Maconachy served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Capitol Technology University.
Dr. Maconachy served our nation by working at The National Security Agency where he held increasing responsibilities. While there he developed the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, and led the development of the first national education and training standards in what is now cybersecurity education. Prior to that he served as an education specialist for the United States Navy, developing technical training programs in the cryptology field.
Dr. Maconachy taught in Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland, and Allegany County Public Schools, Maryland.
Dr. Maconachy has over 30 publications and contributing authorships. Dr. Maconachy's, A Model for Information Assurance: An Integrated Approach, was used as a teaching model t several U.S. Military academies His numerous awards include Department of Defense - Meritorious Service Award, and Secretary of Navy Commendation (for actions overseas).
The modern company has an implicit social contract to protect the data entrusted to it. As a cybersecurity professional, my role is to advise companies on how to uphold that social contract by managing risks and deterring and denying threat actors. My consultative approach is the result of decades of experience working with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies.
The ability to fluently speak the languages of both business and technology and effectively communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences has not only facilitated conversation with company leadership in developing and implementing effective policies to reduce cyber threat, it has made me the go-to person for multiple media outlets and a spokesperson for IEEE’s Public Visibility Initiative.
One of my career priorities is to inspire under-represented communities to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Talent is not limited by geography or background. Because I look beyond the usual circles for talent, trust their abilities, and have an eagerness to help people succeed, I have been able to build effective teams despite the continued challenges of low unemployment in cybersecurity careers.
Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages and conducts research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies. He is a Senior Advisor & Director, Scholarship for Service (SFS) Four-Year to the National CyberWatch Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.