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24th Colloquium - Details & Registration

Welcome to the 24th Colloquium, the premier event in cybersecurity education.

For twenty four years, the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) has been the primary 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 participants on the topic of cybersecurity education. Ideas arising from those discussions have led to new and improved content and curricula for cybersecurity teaching.

The 24th Colloquium has concluded, the following information remains for post-event reference.

In this spirit, The Colloquium is hosting two days of on-line seminars 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.

Session Dates

  • Wed. 4 November - 11:00am Eastern, 8:00am Pacific, 4:00pm UK, 5 Nov 3:00am AEDST
  • Wed. 4 November - 3:00pm Eastern, 12:00 Noon Pacific, 8:00 pm UK, 5 Nov 7:00am AEDST
  • Thurs. 5 November - 11:00am Eastern, 8:00am Pacific, 4:00pm UK, 5 Nov 3:00am AEDST

Virtual Event

Given the global disheaval, the program will have an abridged format focusing primarily on the accepted papers of our distinguished authors. Keynotes and an update from CISSE United Kingdom will also be included along with awards and election results. The program is divided into three online sessions spanning two days from November 4th to 5th. Session will be presented via ZOOM webinar, with connection details provided through the CISSE members portal.

Free Registration

Member365 will facilitate registration and provide portal access to the event and proceedings.

Keynotes & Speakers

William "Vic" Maconachy


The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education

Dr. Maconachy holds a PhD in education from The University of Maryland and has earned several certifications to include Two Professionalization Certifications from The NSA, and appointed a fellow of ISC2. Dr. Machonachy obtained Top Secret clearance while employed with the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency.

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 in several U.S. Military academies. His numerous awards include Department of Defense - Meritorious Service Award, and Secretary of Navy Commendation (for actions overseas).

Denise Kinsey

Vice Chariman

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education

Denise Kinsey, Ph.D, CISSP, C|CISO, has been in cybersecurity for many years serving the private sector and academia. She holds many cybersecurity certifications and has held several high-profile positions with her work with law enforcement and corporations. She serves on the CISSE board and welcomes your feedback and membership in CISSE.

Charles Clarke

Lecturer in Cyber Security at Kingston University

CISSE UK & Kingston University

Charles is the Course Leader for the undergraduate Cyber Security and Computer Forensics programme at Kingston University. He has extensive experience of delivering creative, engaging and innovative learning experiences at both undergraduate and NCSC certified postgraduate levels.

His technical interests include cyber range development, cyber scenario and simulation modelling, steganography and distributed ledger technologies (including blockchain).

Charles is also a founding member of CISSE UK, a not for profit community interest organisation for UK cyber security educators.

Prior to academia, Charles worked extensively in the IT industry at all levels, including senior management and directorships. Previous work experience has included full-time and consulting roles with many organisations in numerous countries, examples of which include; Wireless Knowledge, Qualcomm (San Diego), Microsoft (Seattle), Smartone (Hong Kong), AIOC Corporation (Beijing, Cologne, Amsterdam, New York, Zug), BT Labs (Martlesham), Dresdner Klienwort, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and SHL SystemHouse (London). His experience also extends to consultancy for tech start-ups, most recently as a technical advisor to a number of Blockchain start-up businesses.

Kayne McGladrey

CISO; Global Cybersecurity Expert; Thought Leader

IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS)

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.

Wesley Alvarez

Director of Academics


Wesley Alvarez is a native of western New York with a passion for Cybersecurity education and new technologies. His experience comes with over 12 years in strategic program development in compliance with industry accrediting standards, while supporting an academic network of over 2,500 institutions at both secondary and post-secondary levels. His focus in higher education includes cyber security learning technologies, certification, publishing, thought leadership, program design, implementation, and more. He has supported EC-Council's cyber security education initiatives from 2008 to 2014 via Axzo Press publishing (Rochester, NY) and in May of 2014, he transitioned from Axzo Press to EC-Council (Tampa, FL) to lead EC-Council’s academic division.

Throughout his career, Wesley worked on project development, program mapping, and course integration for published learning resources for organizations such as Microsoft, Oracle, CISCO, and Adobe, and more. Transitioning to lead EC-Council’s Academic division, Wesley began to focus on stackable credentials and student career pathways within education environments, while also working on workforce initiatives via EC-Council certification curriculum and technologies. Wesley's vision is to bridge the gap between the ever changing Information Security industry and higher education classrooms to ensure students transitioning to their professional careers are properly equipped with a career-based education.

Wesley is also the co-creator of the widely recognized EC-Council Academia Partner program, a program that supports institutions and tens of thousands of students each year with hand’s on, tactical cyber security education courses via the EC-Council Academia Series. This series is geared towards NCWF workforce roles with certification accreditations by authorizing parties such as U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and more. This program supports affordable certification for both students and faculty, skills competitions, supporting events, and workforce initiatives.

Costis Toregas

Director, Scholarship for Service (SFS) Four-Year & Senior Advisor

George Washington University

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.

Richard George

Senior Advisor for Cyber Security

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Richard M. (Dickie) George is the Senior Advisor for Cyber Security at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. At the Lab, he works on a number of projects sponsored by the US Government and provides oversight on additional efforts. He works with senior management at the Lab on cyber strategy for protection of critical national systems. He is also the APL representative to the I3P, a consortium of universities, national labs, and non-profit institutions dedicated to strengthening the cyber infrastructure of the United States. Prior to joining APL, he worked at the National Security Agency as a mathematician from 1970 until his retirement in 2011. While at NSA, he wrote more than 125 technical papers on cryptomathematical subjects, and served in a number of positions: analyst, and technical director at the division, office, group, and directorate level. He served as the Technical Director of the Information Assurance Directorate for eight years until his retirement.

Paper Sessions

The papers presented, contribute to knowledge at the forefront of a range of research areas in cybersecurity education:

  • 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
  • New Paradigms for Understanding Cybersecurity

To sample the academic papers to be presented at the 24th Colloquium, please click here to read abstracts. For your convenience the companion Journal is also available for print and digital purchase.

Companion Journal

Papers presented at the 24th Colloquium are available for purchase. Print edition is available on Amazon, with digital download through the CISSE portal store.

Our gratitude to our esteemed sponsors for making this event possible.

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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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