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Updated Version of the Confidential Data Handling Blueprint Available

Version 2 of the Confidential Data Handling Blueprint is now available as part of the Information Security Guide. The toolkit consolidates and organizates resources around the overarching themes related to information protection. This updated version defines confidential data, includes more detailed sub-steps, and highlights additional resources.

Please contact the council if you have any feedback on the blueprint.

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University of Pennsylvania Successfully Deploys DNSSEC

The University of Pennsylvania's Information Systems and Computing (ISC) division recently announced its successful implementation institution-wide of Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC) technology. The upenn.edu DNS zone was signed with DNSSEC in early August 2009. Penn is part of an Internet2 and EDUCAUSE community of early adopters of DNSSEC technology and is the first U.S. university to implement institution-wide.

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American University CIO Dave Swartz Selected as New Chair of Higher Education Information Security Council

We would like to welcome Dave Swartz (Assistant VP & CIO, American University), who begins his term as co-chair of the Higher Education Information Security Council. He will serve alongside Brian Voss (Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO, Louisiana State University), a co-chair since January 2009.

We would also like to thank Pete Siegel (Vice Provost & CIO, University of California, Davis) for his 3 years of service as a co-chair and member of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council.

Learn more about the council or contact us.

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EDUCAUSE Joins InCommon Federation

EDUCAUSE announced today it has joined the InCommon Federation, the U.S. identity and access management federation. In an identity federation like InCommon, participating identity providers (such as colleges and universities) and resource providers (like EDUCAUSE) agree on a set of shared policies, processes, and technology standards. This greatly streamlines collaboration among multiple organizations because federation members agree on these policies and processes once, rather than each time they sign a contract with a new partner. Read more in the press release.

EDUCAUSE Joins InCommon Federation

EDUCAUSE announced today it has joined the InCommon Federation, the U.S. identity and access management federation. In an identity federation like InCommon, participating identity providers (such as colleges and universities) and resource providers (like EDUCAUSE) agree on a set of shared policies, processes, and technology standards. This greatly streamlines collaboration among multiple organizations because federation members agree on these policies and processes once, rather than each time they sign a contract with a new partner. Read more in the press release.

FTC Extends Enforcement Deadline for Identity Theft Red Flags Rule Until June 1, 2010

At the request of Members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission will delay enforcement of the "Red Flags" Rule until June 1, 2010. For more information, see the EDUCAUSE Resource Center page on Identity Theft and Red Flags.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Wrap-Up, October 2009

This year's National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is now over. We would like to thank you – and your institution – for your support throughout the month of October. The list of 2009 campus events, as well as the new resources that were recently submitted for the Cybersecurity Awareness Resource Library, illustrate the tremendous effort, creativity, and hard work that many of you contributed in support of this important initiative.

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Identity & Access Management Sessions at EDUCAUSE 2009

EDUCAUSE 2009 offers several Identity & Access Management-related preconference seminars and track sessions. A number of sessions will also focus on InCommon and federated identity management. Visit the Identity Management Events calendar or the InCommon website for a complete list of sessions.

Higher Education Information Security Council Open Meeting at EDUCAUSE 2009

Join us for the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) Open Meeting in Denver on Thursday, November 5, 12:45-2:00 pm (MST) in Meeting Room 607 of the Colorado Convention Center. You will learn more about the initiatives of the Higher Education Information Security Council (formerly the Security Task Force), including progress in strategic areas such as executive commitment and action, data privacy and security, effective practices and solutions, information-sharing mechanisms, and new tools and technologies. We will introduce new strategic directions and describe volunteer opportunities. Attendees are also invited to bring questions and suggestions regarding efforts to improve information security in higher education.

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Identity and Access Management Open Meeting at EDUCAUSE 2009

The annual Identity & Access Management Working Group Open Meeting will take place at EDUCAUSE 2009 in Denver, CO on November 4 (2:15-3:45 pm MT).

The Identity and Access Management Working Group traditionally provides a wide-ranging forum for topics related to identity management, including procedures, technologies, products, administration, prototypes, projects, and business models. Join us this year for two panels:

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