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The Cybersecurity Initiative is led by the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) whose mission is to support higher education institutions as they improve information security governance, compliance, data protection, and privacy programs. Learn more >

September 29 Virtual Coffee Chat: NIST 800-171 and CUI with Ron Ross

Join Ron Ross (NIST) for a 1-hour virtual “coffee chat” to learn more about NIST Special Publication 800-171, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), and how this will impact your institution’s IT systems and data. Attendees will also be invited to ask Ron Ross questions about NIST 800-171. Registration is not required for this informal online session. A recording will be made available following the webinar.

On Thursday, September 29 (1-2 pm EDT), please enter this Adobe Connect room: Audio details will be provided that day in the online meeting room.

Recommended reading: An Intro to NIST SP 800-171 for Higher Ed and Leveraging Cloud Services for NIST SP 800-171

Programs and Resources

Information Security Guide

A key publication for the higher education security community, maintained by volunteers.

Information Security Program Assessment Tool

Evaluate the maturity of your information security program using this assessment tool created by HEISC volunteers

New to the CISO Role?

The Toolkit for New CISOs provides recommended resources for those new to their role in higher education.

News and Events

Anatomy of a Sustainable Information Security Program

by Robert K. Henry and Paul Howell | August 9, 2016

Chance Favors the Prepared

by Michael Corn and Joanna Lyn Grama | July 26, 2016

Fast-Forward: Advanced Persistent Threats

by Chris Markman | July 26, 2016

Security Professionals Conference

The annual Security Professionals Conference is the premier forum for connecting information security professionals, security analysts, IT staff, privacy officers, C-level executives, and others from across the higher education community. Plan to join us in May 1–3, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado. Learn More >

Contingency Planning Virtual Event

Join us September 20, 2016, for this extended online event where we will review contingency response plan case studies, explore how to create and test contingency response plans, and collaboratively walk through a table top disaster recovery exercise. Learn More >


Get Involved with HEISC

Get Involved with HEISCVolunteer to write an article or guest blog, serve on a working group, or join the program committee. We're always searching for innovative practices and projects from the community, so please share your ideas with us. Consider connecting with the HEISC community today and make an impact within your profession. Learn More >

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Security and Data Privacy Awareness

Educating students, faculty, and staff is easier with ready-made planning and communication tools from these annual awareness efforts: