In this Journal of the 24th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), contributing authors address key and emerging issues in cybersecurity, cybersecurity education, and related fields. The commitment of The Colloquium to forwarding the field of cybersecurity education has been consistent since 1996, working to bring together government, industry, and academic sectors. The goal of these efforts is to ensure the resilience of our society as we increasingly rely on digital technologies that enable, automate, and enhance so many essential services that we have come to rely on for our way of life. The significance of this work is perhaps becoming clearer to citizens as popular media increases awareness of cyber threats in a time when many have moved to digitally enabled remote work and learning environments to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This situation has also caused The Colloquium to adapt to a virtual format this year, ensuring an uninterrupted contribution to the cyber resilience of society.
The CISSE community at its core is composed of many leaders of the National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. The community meets annually to discuss developments in cybersecurity education and share ways to advance the body of knowledge in this field. The goal of the community is to further research and collaboration that forwards the discipline and yields graduates that are well prepared to assure resilience, stability, and the advancement of our cyber dependant society.
Papers for this Journal were peer reviewed with 24 submissions from across the United States. Each paper was reviewed by at least two Program Committee members and the Editorial Board. The Journal accepted 14 papers, with an acceptance rate of 58%.
The papers presented herein, contribute to knowledge at the forefront of a range of research areas in cybersecurity and cybersecurity education. These include authentication and passwords, interdisciplinary and systems thinking, advances in cybersecurity education as influenced by innovations in physics and mathematics, assessment and process improvement of cybersecurity education programs, new methods for engaging students in risk management and social engineering, and new paradigms for understanding cybersecurity.
This Journal was created with support and guidance from many individuals. We would like to thank the Program Committee members for taking significant time to complete the peer review process. Thank you Erik Fretheim for organizing the conference this year. And thanks to the Board of Directors and Officers of the Colloquium, who provided essential leadership and guidance under Chairman & Co-founder William “Vic” Maconachy.
The Editorial Board:
Erik Moore, Editor-in-Chief
Dan Likarish, Associate Editor
Denise Kinsey, Associate Editor
Andrew Belón, Design & Production Editor