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October 4th to 6th, 2021

Online Sessions

25th Colloquium - Call for Papers

The 2021 conference of the Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) celebrates its 25th year as the senior and premier conference on Cybersecurity Education. The program will be a virtual / online conference from October 4th to 6th, 2021. Participating in the Colloquium are representatives from education, industry, and government with an interest in conducting productive conversations, present new ideas, and improve the content and curricula for cybersecurity teaching.

Paper submissions closed on August 20th, the following remains for reference only.

To be considered for presentation at the 2021 CISSE Conference, please submit an original, unpublished paper in the field of Cybersecurity Education by August 20, 2021 for one of the following themes.

Deadline: August 20, 2021 (extended)

Template: IEEE Manuscript Templates

Submit: Easy Chair (25thCISSE)

Challenges in Teaching Cybersecurity


As cybersecurity underpins many aspects of our digital society, cyber ethics education becomes a key resource students will use as they navigate their careers and make professional decisions. Forwarding the field by developing this aspect of the discipline is critical on many levels.

Legal Issues

Incorporating the legal aspects broadly in cybersecurity curriculum and providing courses with deeper focus on this topic has become more significant with the increased threats both external and internal that organizations face. All graduates face these issues as part of the challenges of their career, and will need significant preparation to engage with executive and inter-organization decision-makers.

Adversary Behavior

Helping students develop an understanding of the adversary sets cybersecurity apart from most technological disciplines. From robust coding and application architecture, to budgetary choices and policy decisions, considering adversarial behavior can help graduates mitigate risk across a range of scales and within a variety of roles in their careers.

Risk Management

With risk management as a fundamental discipline of the cybersecurity professional, graduates need a range of decision-making tools to prioritize, establish urgency, allocate budget, and make day to day technical decisions. Ensuring that academia is developing and providing robust conceptual frameworks for this work will help them create more stable environments and organizations.


As cognitive sciences and the ability to create adaptive technical learning environments develop, cybersecurity programs have opportunities for enhancing, accelerating, and enriching the learning experience. Creating more engaging experiences, increasing retention rates, enhancing clarity of complex topics, and providing experiences that better simulate the expected workplace can be part of what transforms the discipline of cybersecurity and information assurance education.


With the expectations that the cybersecurity graduates from our programs will become leaders, conveying an understanding of cybersecurity, information, and technology governance. This provides them with the vision to adapt the policies of the organizations they work in response to legislation, standards, technological innovation, and a changing threat landscape.

Papers should present a well-formed and capably written idea, which advances the field of cybersecurity, and which is adequately contextualized and sufficiently supported by the literature. The implications for general application should be clear as well as their advantage and importance to the at-large purposes of the field. Conclusions should be supported by analytic means, either empirical or subjectively derived through commonly accepted methods. Graphic, or tabular support is encouraged.

Selected papers will also be published in our annual Journal. Papers that have been presented at the 2021 Colloquium will also be considered for further development and publication.

Student Papers

Student papers may fit into one of the above themes, or a related area of Cybersecurity. Students must be enrolled in a degree seeking program. One student will be chosen as the "Erich Spengler Student Paper of the Year" and receive free registration, 3 nights at the hotel and a travel stipend of $500 (winner to be notified by late August).

Paper Submission Guidelines

Please use the IEEE Manuscript Templates for your submission and note the word count range of 3,000 to 4,000. Include sufficient references that reflect sufficient consideration of the literature with a no-more-than 250-word abstract. Be sure that all photos, graphs, and illustrations have a print resolution of no less than 300 dpi. All initial submissions should be anonymized.

Please send any questions regarding paper submissions to For questions regarding the event, registration, or open calls, please email

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The Colloquium recognizes that the protection of information and infrastructures that are used to create, store, process, and communicate information is vital to business continuity and security. The Colloquium's goal is to work together to define current and emerging requirements for information assurance education and to influence and encourage the development and expansion of information assurance curricula, especially at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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