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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 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

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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.

2011 Security Awareness Contest Winners Now Available on YouTube & Facebook

Check out the 2011 Information Security Awareness video contest winners on YouTube. Winning videos from the 2006, 2007, and 2009 contests are also available. You'll find the winning videos and posters on our Facebook page, as well. These videos and posters are free to use in campus security awareness campaigns or training efforts. For more information, visit the contest website or read the press release.

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September 14 IAM Online: Get Schooled on the New Grouper 2.0

Tune in to the next IAM Online, which will take place Wednesday, September 14, at 3 p.m. EDT, to "Get Schooled on the New Grouper 2.0" with Grouper Development Team members Tom Barton (University of Chicago) and Chris Hyzer (University of Pennsylvania). For more details, or to access archived sessions, visit

New CERT Resource: Keeping Your Family Safe in a Highly Connected World

"As our world becomes highly connected, where endless data is just a click away and using networked devices has become almost a necessity, protecting your personal information and family privacy is of great concern." CERT now offers a free resource, Keeping Your Family Safe in a Highly Connected World, which discusses various online dangers to be aware of and safeguards to reduce the risk of these dangers.

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University of Maryland Joins Eduroam

The University of Maryland now offers eduroam, or education roaming, a federated wireless access network. Eduroam is a secure, worldwide roaming Internet access service developed for the international research and education community. Eduroam allows campus community members at any participating institution to use wireless network services at any other participating institution with the simplicity and convenience of using the login credentials issued to them by their home institutions.

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National Cyber Security Alliance to Coordinate Data Privacy Day

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity awareness and education for all digital citizens, today announced that it will organize and lead efforts for Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2012. This annual international awareness initiative promotes data privacy and protection across the United States, Canada, and a host of other countries around the globe.

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EdTech Article by Mike Corn, UIUC: Unleash the Cloud (while Ensuring Security & Privacy)

Michael A. Corn, Chief Privacy and Security Officer for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has written an article for the September/October 2011 issue of EdTech: "Unleash the Cloud: Follow these five best practices to deliver cloud applications that ensure security and privacy."

Outsourced cloud services continue to be the source of and solution to many technology problems. However, more than any other factor, data security and privacy concerns are putting a throttle on cloud adoption. While security and privacy must be addressed, organizations can fast-track their adoption of cloud-based solutions by adopting a nuanced sourcing strategy that ties risk to sourcing decisions.

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