CLEAR Cyber Leaders Conference

The Intersection of Cybersecurity, Law, Education and Applied Research in the North Central Region

November 12-13, 2019  |  Sioux Falls Convention Center

We are pleased to announce the Call for Participation for the inaugural CLEAR Cyber Leaders Conference: The Intersection of Cybersecurity, Law, Education and Applied Research in the North Central Region. This conference will have a keynote, panel, lightning talks / posters, and three mini tracks; Cybersecurity, Cyber Law, and Cyber in Business and Industry.

CLEAR Cyber Leaders Conference is a venue for formal and informal collaboration and community building. The current program includes:

  • A keynote address
  • Full papers: accepted authors present a 25-minute presentation at the conference, with time for follow-up discussion
  • Lightning talks: presenters will be able to share their work in progress in a 5-7-minute presentation followed by a poster session
  • A panel discussion: exploring popular and/or controversial issues in cyber security law, education, and applied research

All sessions are intended to stimulate group discussion and impact future work. We encourage attendees to participate in lightning talks to bring attention to new results, distribute materials, or make announcements of interest to the education community (new events, projects, funding opportunities, venues, etc.).

Submission Guidelines

CLEAR Cyber Leaders Conference is a venue for cutting-edge research, best practices, and experimental curricula in cybersecurity law, education, and applied research. CLEAR Cyber Leaders is a conference for researchers, academics, cyber law professionals, and business leaders to share knowledge and improve existing practices. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following participation categories are welcome:

Full Papers: Full paper submissions should be no more than 8 pages long (excluding references). Full Papers are expected to follow style and format of a typical, academic workshop paper for the computer science field, featuring an abstract, introduction, related work, conclusion and references. As a workshop paper, these may highlight early work, in-progress work, lessons-learned, position papers, or program summaries; however, full papers are intended to do at least one of the following: highlight some technical solution of merit to the education community, feature some analysis or survey work of value to the education community, or employ some assessment based on community-accepted practices for the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Each paper will be accompanied by a presentation delivered at the conference by one of the paper’s authors (approximately 25 minutes in duration).

Lightning Talks: Lightning talks highlight fresh ideas, unique perspectives, valuable experiences, and emerging trends in computer security education. Lighting talks are five to seven-minute presentations on work and ideas not ready or suitable for peer-reviewed publication but worth sharing to jump-start discussion among and solicit feedback from attendees.

There are no length or content requirements for the lightning talk abstract, but a few sentences describing what you'd like to share or announce, informally, is appropriate.  All lightning talks will have a corresponding poster that will allow the presenter to solicit feedback from the community.

Paper Submissions: For all submissions, text should be formatted in two columns on 8.5" x 11" paper using 10-point type on 12-point leading ("single-spaced"), with the text block being no more than 6.5" x 9" deep. Text outside the 6.5" x 9" block will be ignored. Submissions need not be anonymized.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud.  All submissions need to be submitted here:

Important Dates

All times are midnight CST on the date mentioned           

  • Call for papers is live: February 1, 2019
  • Paper submissions / lightning talks due: June 1, 2019  (no extensions)
  • Notification to paper authors: August 1, 2019
  • Camera ready version due: September 1, 2019

List of Topics

The core mission of CLEAR Cyber Leaders Conference is to disseminate cutting-edge, practitioner-oriented, cyber security law, education and applied research. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel pedagogical approaches and experimental curricula
  • Outreach and mentorship of groups underrepresented in security
  • Self-defense of Private Sector against National State Threats
  • Privacy and Autonomy in the Age of Big Data
  • Novel Applications of NIST Cybersecurity Framework to Business
  • CFAA and Security Testing
  • National, State, and Local Trends in Cyber Law
  • Business Alignment with Cybersecurity Objectives
  • Privacy and Liability in the Era of Constant Breach
  • Cybersecurity-Related Disclosure Obligations
  • Education technology research in a security education context
  • Tools and techniques for measurement, evaluation, and assessment
  • Frameworks and infrastructures supporting education
  • Experiences with standards, certifications, and accreditation
  • Security games and competitions
  • Extramural and extracurricular education programs
  • Experience with alternative teaching modalities for computer security, including: MOOCs, flipped classrooms, peer-instruction and inquiry-based instruction, and distance learning
  • Security education geared toward non-technical audiences


Program Co-Chairs

  • Dr. Tom Geu, Dean of School of Law, University of South Dakota
  • Dr. Richard Hanson, Dean Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Program Committee

  • Cyber Security Track: Dr. Wayne Pauli, Professor of cybersecurity, Dakota State University
  • Cyber Law Track: Mr. Taylor Hayes, Swier Law
  • Cyber in Business and Industry: Ms. Jessie Schmidt, Director of SD BBB and Cherie Noteboom, Associate Professor, Dakota State University

Steering Committee

  • Dr. Tom Geu, Dean of School of Law, University of South Dakota
  • Dr. Richard Hanson, Dean Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, Dakota State University
  • Scott Swier, Attorney, Founder and Managing Member, Swier Law


CLEAR Cyber Leaders 2019 proceedings will be published in the USD Law Review