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ED Kicks Off Information Management Week with a Data Privacy Panel
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer kicked off Information Management Week (May 7-9, 2013) with a keynote panel discussion on "Big Data, Small Data, Apps & Analytics: Can We Transform Education Without Sacrificing Privacy?" CPO Kathleen Styles opened the event by commenting on the explosion of online data and communications and the shift from when data was only collected for decision-making purposes to an era when virtually everything related to our use of technology devices is collected - often without our knowledge and occasionally with no intial intended use in mind. She also described the impact of our mobile devices that are with us every where that we go, and most ot them include geolocation tools.
Richard Culatta, Acting Director of the Department's Office of Educational Technology, set the stage by describing the challenges that we face in education:
NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit Unveiled at SHLB Conference
The Department of Commerce used the occasion of the annual conference of the Schools, Healthcare, Libraries and Broadband (SHLB) coalition to announce the release of a new NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit. Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, delivered the keynote address where he highlighted federal investments that have benefited anchor institutions. For example, he reported:
EDUCAUSE Submits Comments to NIST on Cybersecurity Framework
EDUCAUSE submitted comments on behalf of the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) to address several questions raised by a NIST Request for Information concerning standards, guidelines, or best practices that promote the protection of information and information systems. You can also review all of the comments received. The Request For Information (RFI) issued by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (N
NIST Announces Cybersecurity Framework Workshop
The National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) has announced a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop to be held on April 3rd at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. According to the announcement, "NIST is interested in collecting information about current risk management practices; use of frameworks, standards, guidelines and best practices; and specific industry practices." The workshop is being held in response to a directive from the recent Cybersecurity Executive Order issued by President Obama that charges NIST to work with the public and private sectors to develop a framework for securing critical infrastructures. NIST has also issued a Re
The Copyright Alert System Debated by the Congressional Internet Caucus
As a follow-up to our recently reported Policy Update blog entitled "Copyright Alert System Goes into Effect," the Congressional Internet Caucus held a briefing on Capitol Hill on "Combating Piracy online: The Copyright Alert System, A Voluntary Approach." The briefing was covered by C-SPAN and is accessible here.
Who is checking your email?
What is your campus policy and procedure for access to employee email? If you don't know - or you don't have it written down - it might be time to review your practice, write it down, and vet it with the appropriate governance bodies. The issue of administration access to employee email has been peaked on campus because of a New York Times article that described a controversy brewing at Harvard University. The University had become concerned about a leak to news media regarding a student disciplinary matter that they suspected was attributable to a University administrator. According to a statement released by the University:
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Presidential Policy Directive Ties Together "Physical" and "Cyber" Threats
President Obama has issued a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-21) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Relience to "advance a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure." The Directive accompanies the Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Security.
NSTIC Pilots at RSA Features Internet2 Scalable Privacy Project
The following announcement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concerns the pilots funded as part of the President's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). Among the funded pilots that will be featured at RSA Conference is the Internet2 Piloting Mobile Device Multifactor Authentication on University Campuses. For more information about the Internet2 Scalable Privacy Pilot, see https://spaces.internet2.edu/display/scalepriv/Scalable+Privacy
Beyond User Names and Passwords: Meet the NSTIC Pilots at RSA
Obama Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order
After months of speculation following the failed attempt of Congress to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, The White House has issued an Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. President Obama signaled the importance of this action during his State of the Union address where he said:
America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people's identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets.
The State of the Net is Strong
The Annual State of the Net Conference is held every January in Washington, D.C. Organized by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, it brings together policymakers and advocates, including EDUCAUSE Policy staff, to highlight the most pressing Internet and technology policy issues in the year ahead. While there is widespread enthusiasm and optimism from both the technology industry and user community about the future of IT, there is growing skepticism that the Congress will play any significant role in shaping policy due to its recent record of inaction.