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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.

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:

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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.

July 13 IAM Online: ECAR's 2011 Study of Identity Management in Higher Education

Tune in to the next IAM Online, which will take place Wednesday, July 13, at 3 p.m. EDT, to discuss “ECAR's 2011 Study of Identity Management in Higher Education,” and its findings with principal investigator Mark Sheehan (Senior Research Analyst, EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research).

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NSF Announces Federated Access to

From the National Science Foundation (July 8, 2011): Through, Institutions Gain Streamlined Access to Federal Research Systems

National Science Foundation (NSF) grantee institutions that are participants of InCommon can now provide their faculty and staff with the ability to log into using their university-issued user ID and password. Once logged into using university credentials, PIs and co-PIs can connect seamlessly to FastLane's Principal Investigator (PI/co-PI) services without having to log in again.

See the full NSF release.

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New HEISC Resource: Mobile Internet Device Security Guidelines

The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) Technologies, Operations, and Practices (TOP) working group has developed a new resource, Mobile Internet Device Security Guidelines.

InCommon Certificate Service Webinar: June 29, 3 pm ET

InCommon will host a webinar about the InCommon Certificate Service this Wednesday, June 29, at 3 p.m. EDT. Presenters will provide a high-level overview of the cost- and time-saving potential of the service, along with campus case studies. Presenters include:

  • Jack Suess, CIO, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC);
  • Paul Caskey, CIO, University of Texas System Office of System-wide Information Services; and
  • Christopher Bongaarts, Systems Programmer, University of Minnesota

You can register for free the webinar at:

Save the Date: 2012 Shared Assessments Summit

The 2012 Shared Assessments Summit will be held March 12-14, 2012 in Boston, MA. The summit is a day-and-a-half event open to all users of the program tools. The diverse audience will include financial institutions, service providers, assessment firms, regulators, and other stakeholders. Speakers and panelists will talk about how organizations can reinforce their security programs and discuss the benefits of incorporating Shared Assessments into existing vendor management programs. All of the sessions will be set in the context of trends and new developments in global outsourcing and IT security, privacy, and business continuity standards.

Grouper Groups Management Toolkit Survey - Open Through July 11

The Grouper Groups Management Toolkit team invites community participation in a survey designed to assess adoption of Grouper and inform the Grouper team on the requirements of the current and potential user base. Your ideas are valued and your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated, whether or not you are a Grouper user. You can access the survey at:

If you would like to view the entire survey for reference prior to starting it, a PDF is available.

The survey will be open through July 11. Survey results will be available to the community via the Grouper website in August 2011.

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