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Volunteer for a Working Group

The Higher Education Information Security Council has established a number of working groups and committees to pursue projects and initiatives that are part of a coordinated strategy for higher education. You can help HEISC organize and coordinate efforts to improve cybersecurity in higher education–consider volunteering for a working group. Contact the council for more information.

Awareness and Training

HEISC Awareness and TrainingThe Awareness and Training Working Group identifies and take steps to implement and publicize various methods by which awareness of information technology security issues is raised among university and college computer and network users, administrators, and executives.

Governance, Risk, and Compliance

HEISC Governance Risk and ComplianceThe Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Working Group focuses on information security processes, especially as they relate to governance, risk, privacy, policies, legal issues, and compliance. Their purpose is to identify, develop, and promote resources to help higher education institutions incorporate information security into the enterprise governance processes, implement information security risk management processes, and understand the implications of existing and proposed laws and industry standards on institutional policies and compliance.

Technologies, Operations, and Practices

HEISC Technologies Operations and PracticesThe Technologies, Operations, and Practices Working Group is focused on identifying and promoting practices, tools, and procedures that higher education institutions have found to be practical solutions to preventing or responding to security problems, with an emphasis on technology and process solutions.

Information Security Guide Editorial Board

The Information Security Guide Editorial Board is responsible for overseeing the Information Security Guide. The editorial board continuously works to improve and update the guide in order to provide current and relevant content and resources for the higher education community.

Security Professionals Conference Program Committee

The Security Professionals Conference, sponsored by the council, brings together information security professionals, IT staff, and others from across the higher education community. The program committee works together from the initial program planning stages through on-site conference support and develops the themes, organization, and content for the conference. Find out more about volunteering for the committee.


Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers (HE-CPO)

This invitation-only group is restricted to those staff whose primary responsibilities include privacy issues on campus. Please see the HE-CPO charter for details about this group's mission and membership. To learn more about becoming a privacy professional in higher education, please see "Getting Started in Privacy," with recommendations from the HE-CPO group. Note: Although this group is not a HEISC working group, HE-CPO members frequently collaborate with HEISC members and the HE-CPO chairs participate as part of the HEISC Leadership Team.


ECAR Working Groups

ECAR Working Groups bring together higher education IT leaders to address core technology challenges. Individuals at EDUCAUSE member institutions are invited to collaborate on projects that advance emerging technologies important to colleges and universities. To join an ECAR working group or suggest a new project, learn more on the Get Involved page or contact us.


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HEISC Org Chart

Want to see how HEISC relates to Internet2, REN-ISAC, InCommon, or other EDUCAUSE groups? View our handy organizational chart [PDF].



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