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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 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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Prepare for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Two Easy Ways to Increase Awareness

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Below are two easy ways to increase information security awareness on your campus.

Security Professionals Conference 2012 Recap

10th anniversary Security Conference cakeSecurity and IT professionals from the higher education community gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Security Professionals Conference in Indianapolis, May 15-17, 2012. This year's face-to-face event had a record-breaking 438 attendees (an increase of almost 100 participants from the 2011 conference in San Antonio). The online security conference, offered for the second year in a row, was a great success with over 100 registered attendees (estimated exposure to the full online event was approximately 250 participants).

May 9 IAM Online: Emerging Legal Framework for IAM

Tune in to the next IAM Online, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 3 p.m. ET, to learn more about "The Emerging Legal Framework for Identity and Access Management" with speaker Tom Smedinghoff (Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP) and moderator Chris Holmes (Baylor University). For more details, or to access archived sessions, visit

Feature the Information Security Guide's New Graphic on Your Institution's Website

Indiana University recently linked to the Information Security Guide: Effectives Practices and Solutions for Higher Education from their Information Security and Privacy Program page. We invite other institutions of higher education to feature the guide's new graphic and a link to this valuable community resource on their information security website. Two files are included with this announcement. If you would like to request a copy of the Photoshop file created by IU, please contact

Register Now for InCommon Confab (April 26-27 in Arlington, VA)

The InCommon Confab: Scaling Community Trust will take place in Arlington, Virginia, April 26-27 (immediately following the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting).

This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn how the InCommon community is using trust services to enhance users’ experiences and scale online relationships. It will also provide a valuable opportunity to talk to your colleagues from other InCommon institutions. Track sessions will address the needs of those new to federated IdM, as well as those who have experience in the field.

The program includes three keynotes: