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New Facebook Security Guide: Own Your Space

Own Your Space: A Guide to Facebook Security is a new online resource for young adults, parents, and educators. In only 20 pages, the guide explains how to protect your account, avoid scammers, and configure advanced security settings. If you’re not using one-time passwords, secure browsing, or even tracking your account activity, this guide shows you how. It even explains why account thieves and malware pushers want your account. Thanks to Facebook and Creative Commons licensing, this guide is not only fact-filled – it’s also free! You can download your copy from the Facebook Security Page.

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New FTC Resource for Young Adults: Living Life Online

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced Living Life Online, a publication for tweens and teens that includes short articles, activities, quizzes, and an ask-the-expert column, all to help kids learn how to be good digital citizens. Consider downloading worksheets to encourage discussion with students on campus or invite students to go online and to find out their tech personality. You can also order free copies for distribution at resource fairs and community events. For more information, read the FTC announcement of visit the Living Life Online website.

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Data Privacy Legislation: A Policy Brief

With the ubiquity of mobile devices and the increases in data breaches, Congress has responded with bi-partisan support for comprehensive privacy legislation. As of August 2011, 18 bills have been introduced in Congress concerning data privacy. The EDUCAUSE Policy Analysis and Advocacy Program Policy Brief: “Data Privacy Legislation: An Analysis of the Current Legislative Landscape and the Implications for Higher Education” analyzes these various pieces of legislation. If enacted, many of the bills have implications for data collection, storage, and use that could affect campus IT operations and academic research.

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New HEISC Resource: Collaborating with Faculty

A common information security issue across college and university campuses is how to engage faculty in good security practices to protect university data. In many cases, this is an issue because faculty do not see information security as relevant to their role in higher education. This - and other misconceptions about information security in the faculty space - can be a huge hurdle to jump for information security practitioners. A new HEISC resource, Collaborating with Faculty, offers some guidelines in FAQ format on how to work with faculty to understand and mitigate the risks to university data in the realm of academia.

Questions or comments about this resource? Please contact us: security-council@educause.edu.

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A New Tool for Keeping Up With Higher Education IT Policy Issues and Regulations

On July 13, the EDUCAUSE Policy Analysis and Advocacy program launched Policy Digest, a new, semimonthly e-newsletter that summarizes, analyzes, and provides recommendations on public and campus policy issues affecting higher education.

A New Tool for Keeping Up With Higher Education IT Policy Issues and Regulations

On July 13, the EDUCAUSE Policy Analysis and Advocacy program launched Policy Digest, a new, semimonthly e-newsletter that summarizes, analyzes, and provides recommendations on public and campus policy issues affecting higher education.

Bro-IDS Workshop, November 8-10, 2011 in Urbana, IL

The 2011 Bro Intrusion Detection System (IDS) Workshop will be held November 8-10 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana, IL. This higher education friendly workshop will focus on features and capabilities of the upcoming release of Bro, which has undergone major changes from a user’s perspective. Users who have attended a previous workshop could benefit greatly from attending again to learn the new features and capabilities that Bro provides.

The registration fee is only $50 for 2.5 days of training on how to use Bro to detect intrusions and generally get to know your network better. More information and the registration form are available online: http://www.bro-ids.org/community/workshop2011.html.

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EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon Respond to NOI on NSTIC Governance

EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and InCommon submitted its response to the Notice of Inquiry (NOI) from NIST regarding the Governance of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.  The NOI asked for responses on the following topics:

  • Structure of the Steering Group
  • Steering Group Initiation
  • Representation of Stakeholders in the Steering Group
  • International Dimensions

The comments offered perspectives from the research and education community including the following point of caution:

August 24 Software Developers Conference Covers PII Data Protection

The 2011 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Software Developers Conference will be held on August 24, 2011. Leveraging technology, this year’s conference will be in a webinar format from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and broadcast from FSA Headquarters UCP. Register now for the Software Developers Webinar Conference.