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The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) works to improve information security, data protection, and privacy programs across the higher education sector through its volunteers and focused partnerships with government, industry and other academic organizations. 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

How Do You Manage IT Risk?

Resources to help you implement IT governance, risk, and compliance activities on your campus.

Just in Time Research: Privacy Practices

This publicly available resource summarizes the community's thoughts on privacy practices from an ECAR poll conducted in celebration of Data Privacy Month.

Learn the Latest Cybersecurity Threats

Register now for the Security Professionals Conference, May 6-8, in St. Louis and online.

Preview 2014 Cybersecurity Plans

2014 marks the 15th year EDUCAUSE members have helped shape cybersecurity programs and resources for higher education. View 2014 plans.

Are your security awareness programs working?

This ECAR research bulletin discusses how information security teams can improve and mature their security awareness activities by implementing an effective...

Overview of Bro: New HEISC Resource

This new HEISC white paper describes the basics you need to know if your institution is considering a Bro deployment.

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

Get Involved with HEISC

Get Involved with HEISC Community members often express interest in getting more involved with the council. Take a look at opportunities to volunteer, contribute, and participate. See How to Get Involved >

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The HEISC Awareness and Training working group shares information that helps security professionals raise IT security awareness on campus with students, staff, faculty, and executives.


The HEISC Governance, Risk, and Compliance working group provides resources on IT security processes, especially as they relate to governance, risk, privacy, policies, legal issues, and compliance.


The HEISC Technologies, Operations, and Practices working group focuses on identifying and promoting tools, procedures, and practical solutions that help campuses prevent or respond to security issues.



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2014 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

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