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NSA Security Guide Offers Tips for Protecting Home Networks
The National Security Agency (NSA) recently released a new technical guide, Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network, which outlines practical tips for improving the security of applications, operating systems, routers, and databases. It also provides security tips on traveling with personal mobile devices, use of social networking sites, e-mail, password management, and more. Consider sharing this free guide with your colleagues or employees.
Enhancement to InCommon Client Certificate Service
According to InCommon, effective today, the cap on the number of valid client (personal) certificates per unique e-mail address has been eliminated for all subscribers to the InCommon Certificate Service.
Since the deployment of client certificates, community discussions have identified some scenarios where having three or more client certificates per e-mail address might be useful. InCommon and their partner, Comodo, agreed and have made available unlimited client certificates per e-mail address. Normally, most certificate authorities will only allow you to have one valid client certificate per unique e-mail address.
Change in Plans for Next NSTIC Workshop on Technologies and Standards
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace held two workshops in June following the launch of the strategy in April: a Governance workshop in Washington, D.C., and a Privacy workshop at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They had announced tentative plans for a third workshop on Technologies and Standards to be held in Silicon Valley sometime in the Fall, but they recently informed us that they are planning a couple of related activities to be located with existing events:
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New Facebook Security Guide: Own Your Space
Own Your Space: A Guide to Facebook Security is a new online resource for young adults, parents, and educators. In only 20 pages, the guide explains how to protect your account, avoid scammers, and configure advanced security settings. If you’re not using one-time passwords, secure browsing, or even tracking your account activity, this guide shows you how. It even explains why account thieves and malware pushers want your account. Thanks to Facebook and Creative Commons licensing, this guide is not only fact-filled – it’s also free! You can download your copy from the Facebook Security Page.
New FTC Resource for Young Adults: Living Life Online
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced Living Life Online, a publication for tweens and teens that includes short articles, activities, quizzes, and an ask-the-expert column, all to help kids learn how to be good digital citizens. Consider downloading worksheets to encourage discussion with students on campus or invite students to go online and to find out their tech personality. You can also order free copies for distribution at resource fairs and community events. For more information, read the FTC announcement of visit the Living Life Online website.
Data Privacy Legislation: A Policy Brief
With the ubiquity of mobile devices and the increases in data breaches, Congress has responded with bi-partisan support for comprehensive privacy legislation. As of August 2011, 18 bills have been introduced in Congress concerning data privacy. The EDUCAUSE Policy Analysis and Advocacy Program Policy Brief: “Data Privacy Legislation: An Analysis of the Current Legislative Landscape and the Implications for Higher Education” analyzes these various pieces of legislation. If enacted, many of the bills have implications for data collection, storage, and use that could affect campus IT operations and academic research.
New Case Study: Washtenaw County Cyber Citizenship Coalition (WC4)
The Information Security Guide includes a new case study focusing on security awareness & community engagement: Washtenaw County Cyber Citizenship Coalition (WC4).
New HEISC Resource: Collaborating with Faculty
A common information security issue across college and university campuses is how to engage faculty in good security practices to protect university data. In many cases, this is an issue because faculty do not see information security as relevant to their role in higher education. This - and other misconceptions about information security in the faculty space - can be a huge hurdle to jump for information security practitioners. A new HEISC resource, Collaborating with Faculty, offers some guidelines in FAQ format on how to work with faculty to understand and mitigate the risks to university data in the realm of academia.
Questions or comments about this resource? Please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A New Tool for Keeping Up With Higher Education IT Policy Issues and Regulations
On July 13, the EDUCAUSE Policy Analysis and Advocacy program launched Policy Digest, a new, semimonthly e-newsletter that summarizes, analyzes, and provides recommendations on public and campus policy issues affecting higher education.