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History of Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day, which will be celebrated in January 2012 for the fifth year, provides an excellent opportunity for universities to raise awareness and promote education about privacy among students, faculties, and administrators. (Several ideas are provided below, but you can also learn more about the free webinars being planned for January 2012.)

HEISC Town Hall Webinar (1/9/12 archived recording available)

Now available: A recording of the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) Town Hall webinar held on January 9, 2012. Council co-chair Larry Conrad presented the 2012-2013 HEISC strategic plan to the higher ed community. Participants had a chance to share feedback regarding the goals and objectives. Access the recording or download the presentation slides.

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

You know the importance of protecting personal identities and the effects social media can have on privacy, but does everyone on your campus? During the month of January, EDUCAUSE is expanding on Data Privacy Day to provide an entire month’s worth of activities and resources to help raise data privacy awareness. You can participate by attending the upcoming webinars and creating a plan to increase awareness on your campus with the easy-to-implement suggestions listed below. You can also visit the EDUCAUSE Data Privacy Month page for additional resources and information or read more about the history of Data Privacy Day.

January 2012 Webinars

EDUCAUSE hosted several webinars on data privacy throughout the month of January:

HEISC Supports Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) – December 4-10, 2011 – 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. The Higher Education Information Security Council is supporting CSEdWeek because computer science is an important part of IT, 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.

Department of Education to Rollout Two-Factor Authentication

The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid technology office announced this week at the 2011 Federal Student Aid Conference its plans to issue 90,000 tokens to privileged users who have access to Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on FSA systems. The privileged users will include financial aid staff at your institutions. More information is available at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/CSD6059.pdf

FTC to Host Facial Recognition Technology Workshop on December 8

The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop in Washington, DC on December 8, 2011, exploring facial recognition technology and the privacy and security implications raised by its increasing use. Facial recognition technology has been adopted in a variety of new contexts, ranging from online social networks to digital signs and mobile apps. The FTC workshop will gather consumer protection organizations, academics, business and industry representatives, privacy professionals, and others to examine the use of facial recognition technology and related privacy and security concerns. The workshop is free and open to the public. View the agenda now. A webcast of the proceedings will also be available.

FTC to Host Facial Recognition Technology Workshop on December 8

The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop in Washington, DC on December 8, 2011, exploring facial recognition technology and the privacy and security implications raised by its increasing use. Facial recognition technology has been adopted in a variety of new contexts, ranging from online social networks to digital signs and mobile apps. The FTC workshop will gather consumer protection organizations, academics, business and industry representatives, privacy professionals, and others to examine the use of facial recognition technology and related privacy and security concerns. The workshop is free and open to the public. View the agenda now. A webcast of the proceedings will also be available.

InCommon Creates New Dynamic Web Pages for IdPs and SPs

InCommon has created new dynamic web pages intended to provide more information about all of the services available throughout the InCommon Federation. Specifically, they want to make it easier to identify and promote services, and therefore increase the value of federation to everyone. On the InCommon website, you will now find a list of all identity providers (IdPs) and service providers (SPs) deployed in the federation. You’ll see tabs for IdPs and SPs at the top of the page. This will complement the list of all InCommon participants.

Deadline to Purchase SANS NetWars Discounted Purchase Offer is January 20

The window for registering to purchase SANS NetWars Continuous Play at a highly discounted aggregate-buy price has been extended through Friday, January 20, 2012. NetWars CP is a collection (five levels) of computer and network security challenges designed to represent real-world security issues, flaws, and resolutions. Challenges include analyzing and exploiting security flaws, forensics, vulnerability assessment, penetration tests, and attack/defense. Each player follows an independent path based on individual problem solving skills, technical skills, aptitude, and creativity. NetWars provides hands-on experiences that develop the player's understanding of computer and network vulnerabilities, attacks and defenses. Players have four months to complete the five levels of the program.

December 6 IAM Online: Multi-Factor Authentication in Higher Education

Tune in to the next IAM Online, which will take place Tuesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. EST, to learn more about "Multi-Factor Authentication in Higher Education" with speakers Steven Burke (U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid division), Shilen Patel (Duke University), and Miguel Soldi (University of Texas System). Rodney Petersen (EDUCAUSE) will moderate this discussion. For more details, or to access archived sessions, visit http://www.incommon.org/iamonline.

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