Main Nav

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 >

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

Toward an Academic Culture of Security

by Nathan W. Fisk | October 10, 2016

What Makes a Good Security Awareness Officer?

by Lance Spitzner | October 10, 2016

Free Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?

by Francisco J. Tamez Cavazos | October 3, 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 >

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

Now available! A recording of the 9/29/16 virtual "coffee chat" with Ron Ross about NIST Special Publication 800-171, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), and how this will impact higher education institutions. The chat transcript and presentation slides are also available to download.

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 >

Join the Conversation

Security professionals discuss the latest topics and questions in cybersecurity and privacy. Join the group.>

HEISC on Twitter

Security and Data Privacy Awareness

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