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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.

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 Research.gov

From the National Science Foundation (July 8, 2011): Through Research.gov, 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 Research.gov using their university-issued user ID and password. Once logged into Research.gov 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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