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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.

FCC Launches the Small Biz Cyber Planner

The FCC is launching the Small Biz Cyber Planner, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans, in conjunction with DHS, NCSA, NIST, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Chertoff Group, Symantec, Sophos, Visa, Microsoft, HP, McAfee, The Identity Theft Council, ADP and others. The online tool is available at FCC.gov/cyberplanner.

PCI v2.0 Comment Period Now Open!

The PCI Council is requesting feedback on the PCI v2.0 standards -- both the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and the PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standard). We invite the higher education community to share your thoughts, experiences, and feedback on PCI v2.0. Details on this open comment period, as well as instructions on how to provide feedback to the Council, can be found on the Treasury Institute's blog. The comment period closes on March 31, 2012.

Security Conference 2012 CFP Now Open! Proposals Due 12/16

As the breadth of technology expands globally, so do the boundaries of information security. The 10th annual Security Professionals Conference will attempt to recalibrate security during a paradigm shift.

The conference, "Security Everywhere: Exploring the Expanding World of Security," will address our goal as information security professionals of supporting our constituents’ ability to take advantage of modern computing in safe and secure ways. And, as the definition of “security” grows to include privacy, identity management, physical security, information assurance, and more, it is imperative to share information and experiences with peers.

Share your experience, stories, and lessons learned—submit a proposal to present at the Security Professionals Conference.

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