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HEISC Mission

The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) was established in July 2000 to provide coordination for the higher education sector. The HEISC mission is to support higher education institutions as they improve information security governance, compliance, data protection, and privacy programs. HEISC accomplishes this work through volunteer groups supported by professional EDUCAUSE staff, as well as collaborations with other organizations that address information security and privacy in higher education. HEISC actively develops and promotes information security leadership, awareness, and understanding; effective practices and policies; and guidance for the protection of critical data, IT assets, and infrastructures. Read the HEISC charter for more information.

2015 Strategic Priorities

  • Advance Information Security Strategies in Higher Education
  • Continue to Build the Information Security Profession
  • Strengthen Foundations

Major Areas of Focus

HEISC Leadership Team

The HEISC Leadership Team is responsible for ensuring progress in meeting the strategic priorities of the council. To accomplish this, it creates and monitors working groups and sponsors other activities, annually reviews the strategic priorities to see if changes are needed, and annually sets objectives for the working groups that will produce tangible outcomes furthering the goals of the council.

EDUCAUSE engages the HEISC Leadership Team on a regular basis to identify and obtain the resources needed to accomplish the goals of the council, including recruiting human resources; developing and implementing strategies to engage higher education institutional leadership, association executive leadership, and corporate leadership in furthering the goals of the council; ensuring effective communication and collaboration with Internet2 and REN-ISAC working groups; and periodically assessing the functioning of the council and, when appropriate, overseeing the change process.

  • Joshua Beeman, Chief Information Security Officer, University of Pennsylvania
    Governance, Risk, & Compliance Working Group Co-Chair
  • Sol Bermann, Interim CISO, Privacy Officer, IT Policy & Compliance Strategist, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers Group Liaison
  • Tammy Clark, Chief Information Security Officer, The University of Tampa
    Information Security Guide Editorial Board Co-Chair
  • Elias G. Eldayrie, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Florida
    HEISC Co-Chair
  • Patricia Falcon, Information Security Policy & Awareness Specialist, Brown University
    Awareness & Training Working Group Co-Chair
  • Susan Grajek, Vice President, Data, Research, and Analytics, EDUCAUSE
    EDUCAUSE Staff Liaison
  • Joanna Lyn Grama, Portfolio Manager, Data, Research and Analytics, EDUCAUSE
    EDUCAUSE Staff Liaison
  • Cathy Hubbs, Chief Information Security Officer, American University
    Governance, Risk, & Compliance Working Group Co-Chair
  • Kim Milford, REN-ISAC Executive Director, Indiana University
    REN-ISAC Liaison
  • Christopher Misra, Chief Technology Officer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Internet2 Liaison
  • Dave Nevin, Chief Information Security Officer, Oregon State University
    Technologies, Operations, and Practices Working Group Co-Chair
  • Jane Rosenthal, Director, Compliance & Policy, Colorado School of Mines
    Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers Group Liaison
  • Theresa Semmens, Chief IT Security Officer, North Dakota State University
    Technologies, Operations, and Practices Working Group Co-Chair
  • Brian Smith-Sweeney, Assistant Director, New York University
    2015 Security Professionals Conference Program Committee Chair
  • Miguel Soldi, Assistant CISO, The University of Texas System
    Information Security Guide Editorial Board Co-Chair
  • Valerie M. Vogel, Program Manager, EDUCAUSE
    EDUCAUSE Staff Liaison
  • Ann West, Assistant Director, InCommon Assurance and Community, Michigan Technological University
    Internet2/InCommon Liaison
  • Melissa Woo, Vice Provost and CIO, University of Oregon
    HEISC Co-Chair
  • Wiam Younes, Information Security Training & Awareness Coordinator, Carnegie Mellon University
    Awareness & Training Working Group Co-Chair
  • Steve Zoppi, Associate Vice President, Services Integration and Architecture, Internet2
    Internet2 Liaison

HEISC Working Groups

HEISC has established a number of working groups and committees to pursue projects and initiatives that are part of a coordinated strategy for higher education. Engage with the council to help improve information security in higher education–consider volunteering for a working group. You can learn more about each working group or contact us for more information.

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