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NIST to Establish a Steering Group in Support of NSTIC

On March 9, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it is soliciting proposals to establish a steering group in support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) and to provide the group with ongoing secretarial, administrative, and logistical support. NIST anticipates supporting one proposal with approximately $2 million in funding for up to two years. For more details, please see the NIST announcement.

Secretary Napolitano Announces Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced the formation of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC), comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues. The new council underscores the Department’s commitment to working with the academic community. Secretary Napolitano has asked the group, which will be chaired by Dr. Wallace Loh of the University of Maryland, to provide advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.

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Higher Education Associations Launch New Online Compliance Resource

 EDUCAUSE, the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and a partnership of 20 higher education associations recently launched the Higher Education Compliance Alliance, a new online resource devoted to helping the higher education community with federal law and regulation compliance.

Federal regulations touch every facet of college and university operations, from employment law to export controls, from international programs to student affairs, from tax issues to accreditation. Dozens of national higher education associations monitor these regulations and produce valuable resources to help their members achieve compliance. 

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NSTIC Identity Ecosystem Governance Workshop: March 15, 2012

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a workshop with thought leaders from government and industry to discuss aspects of the Identity Ecosystem governance structure called for in the NSTIC.

This workshop will review and take questions on NIST's February 2012 paper, Recommendations for Establishing an Identity Ecosystem Governance Structure, and on specific issues concerning the establishment of that governance structure. This is event is free; more information is available at:

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET


March 14 IAM Online: Securing Campus Active Directories for InCommon Silver Assurance

Tune in to the next IAM Online, which will take place Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 3 p.m. ET, to learn more about "Securing Campus Active Directories for InCommon Silver Assurance: A Collaborative Effort" with speakers Nick Roy (University of Iowa), Mark Rank (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Chris Spadanuda (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Ann West (InCommon) will moderate this discussion. For more details, or to access archived sessions, visit

DHS on the Administration's Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute recently addressed the administration's Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal in a blog post, stating that "President Obama has proposed legislation that would give [DHS] the tools to execute [their] cybersecurity mission more effectively. This legislative proposal focuses on clarifying authorities, collaborating with the private sector, and driving measurable progress and outcomes. The President’s proposal would establish national standards, protect federal networks, and allow DHS to provide enhanced voluntary assistance to [their] private sector and state, local, tribal, and territorial government partners. At the same time, it includes important safeguards to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American public."

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February 8 IAM Online: Policy & Privacy Considerations in a Federated World

Tune in to the next IAM Online, which will take place Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 3 p.m. EST, to learn more about "Policy and Privacy Considerations for Identity and Access Management in a Federated World" with speakers Steven Carmody (Brown University) and Ken Klingenstein (Internet2). Rodney Petersen (EDUCAUSE) will moderate this discussion. For more details, or to access archived sessions, visit

InCommon Affiliates Workshop - January 24, 2012

Join an informational workshop with InCommon affiliates on January 24, 2012, at the UMBC Technology Center. All five InCommon affiliates, AegisUSA, Fischer International, Gluu, Microsoft, and Unicon will present their identity management solutions and services and will be available for in-depth discussions in break-out sessions. Learn more about these InCommon affiliates. In addition, Khalil Yazdi from Internet2 will provide an update on NET+ Services.

Audience: IT management, policy, and identity management practitioners from Maryland's community colleges, independent colleges and universities, public universities, K-12 institutions, and state agencies.

Date: January 24, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Data Privacy Month Campus Activities, January 2012 - What's Your Campus Doing?

Many institutions are celebrating Data Privacy Month in January. Here are just a few examples. We hope that you will be able to adapt these materials for use at your institution or that the creativity behind these activities will inspire you to host your own events or develop your own original resources! If you would like to share your efforts, please contact us.

In Honor of Data Privacy Month, Download Matt Ivester's Book at No Charge (Jan. 27-30)

In honor of Data Privacy Month, you can download Matt Ivester’s book “lol...OMG!” at no charge. The giveaway starts at 12:01 a.m. on January 27, 2012, and expires at 11:59 p.m. on January 30, 2012. Then be sure to join us on Monday, January 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time for a webinar with Matt Ivester (author and founder of JuicyCampus).

lol...OMG!” provides a cautionary look at the many ways that today's students are experiencing the unanticipated negative consequences of their digital decisions from lost job opportunities and denied college and graduate school admissions to full-blown national scandals.