Since 1996 the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) has been the voice of academia for cybersecurity. CISSE was established to provide the single authoritative forum for conducting meaningful dialogue between the wide range of government, industry, and academic entities involved in the protection of our nation’s information and its information and communication technology assets.
The Community meets every year at a different part of the Country to discuss the most effective means of maintaining a high standard of excellence in practice in cybersecurity education. it is important that the highest academic standards apply to the presentation of new knowledge to the membership. Therefore, the papers submitted to the conference undergo double blind refereeing process and a percentage are presented in individual sessions at the Conference.
Once the Conference is ended an Editorial Board selects a small set of papers that are considered to be germane to the community at-large. These are included in our Journal and that is the scholarship that is presented here. The publications herein, reflect the best possible advice on cybersecurity education.
It is the aim of this Journal to offer only the most outstanding scholarship available. Thus, the selection of these articles was highly competitive. Nevertheless, the editors and publishers also work with new authors in order to help them to bring their work to publishable standards.
Given that background it should be understood that the ideas contained in this edition of the Journal represent the best thinking in the methods and practices for teaching cybersecurity on the leading edge. The CSEC2017 joint publication of the ACM /I EEE / AIS / IFIP has established cybersecurity’s status as an independent discipline. Thus, it is critical to publicize the broadest and most comprehensive range of meaningful new ideas about where that discipline will evolve going forward.
The articles in this Journal address ways to more effectively leverage this emerging new discipline, which is dedicated to the defense of information. Spreading the net as wide as possible is a particularly obvious and justifiable way to address threat. And that is our mandate and challenge to the researchers, and cybersecurity professionals of the future.
Effective strategies for protecting the organization against relevant electronic, human and physical threat requires understanding the state of the various existing common communities within the educational landscape. Because the cultures of each of these communities of practice are so different, the awareness, training and education approach requirements vary. The contents of this Journal focus on developing and maintaining responses to every legitimate threat as it emerges on the leading edge. It will present the wide range of these threats and provide solutions in the form of up-to-date approaches to ensuring a continuously capable response. It will focus on best practices for practical education and training for the modem cybersecurity profession.
What you will find in this issue are eight carefully selected articles that discuss aspects of existing threats or new issues that are arising. The articles here represent many avenues of thought. It is our considered opinion that this sort of wide-ranging dialogue constitutes the first steps in overcoming existing biases and lack of knowledge and it takes the first steps in ensuring that cybersecurity education will evolve into the kind of main tent profession that we all want it to be.
Thank you for the last time to the colleagues who served as reviewers for this issue: Alex Rudny, Allen Parrish, Ankur Chattopa, Anne Kohnke, Anyi Liu, Carl Willis-Ford, Deanne Wesley, Dipankar Dasgupta, Filipo Sharevski, Frank Hu, J.D. Chase, Johnathan Yerby, Joseph Ekstrom, Kevin Floyd, Michael McGregor, Mohamed About a, Natalija Vlajic, Prem Uppuluri, Rajendra Raj, Shamik Sengupta, Shiu-Kai Chin, Steven Fulton, Steven Brown, Steven Shih, Subrata Saluja, Weichao Wang, Xuguang Chen, and Yesem Pecker. With a special thanks to our Editorial Board, Barbara Endicott Popovsky, Ken Sigler, Marc Dupuis and William H. Murray and our Design and Production Editor Andrew Belón.
Dan Shoemaker, Ph.D., Professor
Outgoing Editor-in Chief, CISSE Journal
As your incoming Editor-in Chief, allow me to recognize the outstanding leadership provided by Dr. Dan Shoemaker who retires from the journal leaving it much the better for his selfless dedication to achieving his vision to establish the CISSE journal as a recognized and respected publication We would not have come so far without him. Thank you, Dan, for your years dedicated to sharing innovations in cybersecurity education and research through this publication. Please know that your colleagues acknowledge and appreciate your work and that of your better half, Tamara Shoemaker. You will be missed but not forgotten! You leave big shoes that I’m humbled to fill! Farewell and good luck in this new chapter in your life!
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., Professor and Executive Director CIAC
Incoming Editor-in Chief, CISSE Journal