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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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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:

Stop.Think.Connect. Sets Fall Forum Tour Dates at Colleges & Universities

Stop.Think.Connect. is gearing up for its Fall Cyber Citizen Forum Tours at colleges and universities across the country. These forums are free and open to the public. See below for scheduled Forums, and continue to check back frequently for additional dates and locations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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