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Top Information Security Concerns for Researchers

Communicating information security issues with campus researchers is a common challenge in the higher education community. Often, researchers may not see information security or data protection as their concern. A new HEISC resource, Top Information Security Concerns for Researchers: Protecting Your Intellectual Assets, provides 10 sets of questions for researchers to consider about their data while also offering relevant resources for protecting that research data.

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

Higher Education Activities during Data Privacy Month

Although this is only the second year that colleges and universities are working together to observe and promote Data Privacy Month, many campuses are busy planning local or regional events, tweeting daily with the hashtags #dataprivacy and #dpd13, and writing blogs or articles about data privacy. We hope these activities will encourage you to consider ways to promote Data Privacy Month this year or begin thinking about how yor campus will participate in 2014.

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January 2013 is Data Privacy Month! Free Webinars and Easy Ways to Increase Awareness

Data Privacy Month is an annual effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority. Spend the month helping to ensure your campus community is respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. This year’s Data Privacy Month Planning Task Force has selected weekly themes for the higher education community to focus on. Several free webinars will also be offered throughout the month of January.

EDUCAUSE Supports Computer Science Education Week 2012

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) – December 9-15, 2012 – is a call to action to share information and offer activities that will advocate for computing and elevate computer science education for students at all levels. EDUCAUSE is supporting CSEdWeek because computer science is an important part of information technology, the mechanism our community uses to support the advancement of higher education.

Everyone can participate, and as members of the higher education IT community, we invite you to help lead the charge. Below are a few easy ways to participate.

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NCSAM 2012 is Wrapping Up! What's Next?

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2012 is wrapping up, so what’s next?

PTAC Data Breach Response Checklist

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) recently published a Data Breach Response Checklist that institutions of higher education may use to develop a comprehensive data breach response plan. The checklist is meant to be used as a general example illustrating some current industry best practices in data breach response and mitigation applicable to education community. A PDF version is available to download.

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Security and Privacy Sessions at EDUCAUSE 2012

The annual EDUCAUSE Conference (November 6-9) offers a variety of security and privacy-related sessions. Whether you plan to join us in Denver or participate online, we encourage you to attend as many of these presentations as possible. Also remember to mark your calendar for the upcoming Security Professionals Conference, which will be held April 15-17, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri, and Online. A Call for Proposals is currently out, with a November 13, 2012 deadline.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Preconference Seminars (separate registration required)

Free SANS Securing the Human Videos in October for NCSAM

In support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, SANS is offering two free Securing The Human videos during the month of October. The first video on E-mail and Phishing is available through October 14. Another video will be offered starting on October 15. Please feel free to share this link.

The SANS Securing The Human program is a modular security awareness training program used by many colleges and universities.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012 is HERE!

It’s that time of year again! October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Help us raise awareness with your faculty, staff, and students this October by promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

We will start the month off with an EDUCAUSE Live! webinar on October 4 (1-2 pm EDT). Register here and join Dave Cullinane, Chief Information Security Officer at eBay (retired) and Co-Founder of the Cloud Security Alliance, as he discusses “Security Awareness and Communication in the C-Suite.”

If you plan on holding an event in October, please share your plans and any applicable URL’s with this group or send an e-mail to security-council@educause.edu so your institution's activities can be included with our list of 2012 campus events.

Guest Blogger for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Lance Spitzner (Training Director, SANS Securing The Human Program) will be guest blogging for EDUCAUSE during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October.

Read more about security awareness, security metrics, and communication skills on Lance's Securing the Human blog.

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