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The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) mission is to support higher education institutions as they improve information security governance, compliance, data protection, and privacy programs. HEISC is a volunteer effort open to all higher education information security, privacy, and other IT professionals. 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.

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 for Security 2016, April 18–20 in Seattle, Washington, and online. 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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Discover the Three Pillars of HEISC


The HEISC Awareness and Training working group supports information security professionals by providing resources that help raise security awareness on campus with students, faculty, staff, and executives.


The HEISC Governance, Risk, and Compliance working group provides resources and thought leadership on information security topics pertaining to governance, risk, privacy, policies, legal issues, and compliance in higher education.


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.