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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

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.

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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.

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Demystifying the Cloud for Policymakers

Adopters of cloud technologies recognize that it requires business decisions, risk management, and policy choices.  At the Annual State of the Net Conference, EDUCAUSE Policy attempted to demystify the cloud for policy makers.

Sourcing IT (business decision)

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National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding Released

The White House has released a new National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding intended to strike the proper balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm.  Because of the delicate balance between “sharing information” and “safeguarding” the intelligence from bad actors this Strategy emphasizes how strengthening the protection of classified and sensitive information can help to build confidence and trust so that such information can be shared with authorized users.

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EDUCAUSE Policy: 2012 in Review

In a year where the political scene was dominated by a national presidential election and efforts to avert the fiscal cliff, what is probably most notable about Internet policy is the inaction of the Congress and the modest efforts of federal agencies waiting to see if they would have four more years to implement the Administration's policies.  Although the federal government appeared as if it were in a holding pattern during much of the year, EDUCAUSE Policy moved forward with several new initiatives and strengthened existing efforts.

Policy Issues for eText Adoption in Higher Education

EDUCAUSE and Internet2 have initiated an eText Pilot Series in an effort to learn more about the promises of eContent and to influence evolving business models.  During a recent presentation at the Coalition for Networked Information Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., the EDUCAUSE Policy staff described "What We're Learning from eTexts" and explored some of the policy issues as we transition from print to digital textbooks.  Below are a few highlights:

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Cybersecurity Executive Order Gaining Momentum

Now that the Obama administration has maintained control of The White House, the effort is intensifying to establish an Executive Order to establish a cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructures and promote information sharing.  With a politically divided Congress -Republicans retaining their majority in the House and Democrats holding on to the control of the Senate - it is unlikely that comprehensive cybersecurity legislation will pass during the lame duck session, especially with bigger issues on the table such as avoiding the fiscal cliff.

EDUCAUSE Policy staff have received a draft of the Executive Order and in a recent meeting with White House staff and other government officials were able to learn more about the substance of the order and the process that is being followed.  The imminent concern and proposed policy of the draft order currently reads as follows:

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Rethinking University Models in Light of Technology

An event at the National Press Club, "Will US Colleges and Universities Lead or Lag in Education Innovation?", continued to probe how technology will continue to influence the evolution of colleges and universities at a time when the Obama administration is pressuring institutions to reduce college costs and increase college completion.  Not surprisingly, Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) was the first topic discussed with most panelists observing that it is too early to tell what the impact of MOOCs will be on learning.  Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, said that "MOOCs represent a sea-level rise".  He cautions that "a sea-level rise floats all boats and everyone will need to adapt to more powerful tools."  Molly Broad, president of the American Council on Education, also warned that it is "

AAU/COGR Comments on Proposed Rule for "Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems"

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and Council on Government Relations (COGR) urged the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Councils to consider exempting contracts for fundamental research from the requirements set forth in the Proposed Rule to amend FAR and add a new subpart and contract clause for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems.  According to the comments submitted on October 18th, ". . .

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