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Make Cybersecurity Part of Your 2012 Resolutions

If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution, it’s not too late to join the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign in setting online safety resolutions for 2012. Follow these simple steps from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to enhance increase your devices’ cybersecurity:

Higher Education Information Security Council Releases 2012-13 Strategic Plan

The Higher Education Information Security Council 2012-13 Strategic Plan is now available online. This strategic plan is intended to set forth a vision for the higher education information security community and provide a concise roadmap to guide the efforts of the HEISC in 2012 and 2013. If you missed the Town Hall webinar on January 9, where we discussed the council's vision, mission, goals, objectives, and current working group activities, an archived recording is now available.

Contact us if you have any questions or feedback.

January 11 IAM Online: Multi-Factor Authentication in Higher Education

Tune in to the next IAM Online, which will take place Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 3 p.m. EST, to learn more about "Using Federated Identity for NSF- and NIH-Funded Cyberinfrastructure" with speakers Bill Barnett (Indiana University) and Von Welch (Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University). Tom Barton (University of Chicago) will moderate this discussion. For more details, or to access archived sessions, visit

2011 ECAR Report on IdM in Higher Ed ucation Now Publicly Available

The Identity Management in Higher Education, 2011 Report  is now available to the public. You may access the report (originally published June 2, 2011), along with the methodology, survey instrument, case study, and more through the ECAR research hub.

Based on its findings in Identity Management in Higher Education, 2011, ECAR offers the following recommendations:

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Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan Released, December 2011

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently released Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program, which defines a set of interrelated priorities for the agencies of the United States government that conduct or sponsor research and development (R&D) in cybersecurity.

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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