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New Hot Topic Page: Community Based Security Awareness

The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) has created a new “hot topic” page on Community Based Security Awareness as part of the Information Security Guide. This page highlights 3 case studies, as well as links to a few other regional initiatives and security awareness resources. If you know about regional or national security awareness efforts (or resources) that we should highlight here, please let us know.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Visit www.educause.edu/security for the latest tips and resources.

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New Case Study: Annual C3 (Cyber Ethics, Safety and Security) Conference

The Information Security Guide includes a new case study focusing on security awareness and community engagement: Annual C3 (Cyber Ethics, Safety and Security) Conference: An Educational Springboard. The core mission of the C3 Conference is to inform the educational community about the ethical, legal, safety, and security implications of technology use and illustrate how educators and parents can apply these concepts to their own setting. The annual conference has served as a springboard for schools and school districts in and beyond Maryland to share current research, resources and expertise for promoting cyber education in their own communities.

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Examining the Risks of Operating in the Cloud: 9/28 NACUBO Webcast

Register now for the September 28 NACUBO webcast, "Examining the Risks of Operating in the Cloud." Before entering into agreement for cloud computing services chief technology, finance, and information officers have to assess the vendor’s risk profile and examine their reliability and performance. Led by Roger Bruszewski, vice president for administration and finance at Millersville University, panelists Philip Porter, partner, Hogan Lovells, and Tammy Clark, chief information security officer, Georgia State University will discuss common pitfalls information security strategies, compliance issues with state and federal regulations and how to manage risks as more assets move to the cloud.

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New Case Study: Who’s Watching Charlottesville – Community Based Security Awareness

The Information Security Guide includes a new case study focusing on security awareness and community engagement: Who’s Watching Charlottesville – Community Based Security Awareness. The “Who’s Watching Charlottesville?” initiative pools the resources of several local partners in a community effort to educate area residents in how to protect themselves online. The campaign’s mission is to empower the community through education to promote safe and savvy Internet use.

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NSF Awards Grant to REN-ISAC to Continue Developing the Security Event System (SES)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $800,000 to the Indiana University-operated Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) to continue developing the REN-ISAC's Security Event System (SES), an open source tool that improves protection, response and action against cybersecurity threats. The system collects and correlates intelligence regarding threat and bad actor Internet elements. SES is aimed specifically at breaking down organizational boundaries to improve community security. For more information, read the press release.

Free SANS Webcast Sep. 27: NetWars Presentation with Ed Skoudis

Listen to the archived recording of the SANS NetWars webcast, which took place Tuesday, September 27. Ed Skoudis provided and overviews of SANS NetWars Continuous Play and Tournament Play to determine interest in a special NetWars offering. SANS, in cooperation with EDUCAUSE and REN-ISAC, may offer a special EDU pricing program for NetWars "Continuous Play" to the EDU Community. For those players, if we get enough, a NetWars “Tournament Play” will be held at the 10th Annual Security Professionals Conference hosted by EDUCAUSE and Internet2, May 15-17 in Indianapolis. A decision to hold the Continuous and Tournament Play will depend heavily on feedback from the presentation as well as a survey to follow the presentation.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Begins in One Month!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) begins in one month! Please let us know if your campus is planning any events or activities in October. We have created a list of 2011 campus events and we’d like to include as many institutions as possible. Feel free to share the URL or your NCSAM plans with the Security Discussion list or send an e-mail directly to security-council@educause.edu. The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) has also compiled a number of (free) educational materials that can be adapted for use at your institution.

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HEISC Inviting Input to Future Directions for Higher Education Cybersecurity (by 9/16)

The EDUCAUSE & Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) is in the process of preparing a strategic plan for the next two years. We recognize that the council and the Security Professionals Conference have been in place for 10 years now, and this is an opportune time to reflect on our efforts to date. We would also like to get input from the community regarding progress, challenges, and future directions for higher education cybersecurity. Please visit this link and provide us with your thoughts no later than Friday, September 16. We appreciate your input. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact security-council@educause.edu.

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Shibboleth Workshop Series, November 7-8 in Long Beach, CA

Register now for the Shibboleth Workshop Series, November 7-8, 2011, at the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach, California. Have you decided to deploy a web single sign-on (SSO) system and leverage it to access resources and contracted services through InCommon? Do you need training on installation and support? Consider attending one or both:

  • Shibboleth Identity Provider Workshop on November 7, 2011
  • Shibboleth Service Provider Workshop on November 8, 2011

The InCommon Shibboleth Identity and Service Provider Workshops will provide attendees with technical installation and configuration experience with Shibboleth Single Sign-on and Federating Software, version 2. 

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InCommon and PESC Announce Strategic Partnership

InCommon and PESC have formed a strategic partnership to promote shared standards across the Research and Education community. Under the agreement, the organizations will work together on common priorities and align efforts to advance each other’s goals. The goal will be to promote the development and adoption of shared standards and infrastructure across the higher education community, its partners and stakeholders. This collaboration will focus on areas of strategic importance to both organizations and to the education community.