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The collaborative nature of HEISC reflects the collaborative nature of higher education in general. Volunteers who contribute their time and efforts to addressing information security and privacy issues in higher education do so for the common good. That is, by working together, the entire higher education sector benefits. These collaborative efforts have led to:
- The Annual Security Professionals Conference (established 2003): This is the only conference that provides community dialogue and professional development activities for higher education information security and privacy professionals.
- Information Security Guide (established 2003): The guide is a key resource for information security issues in higher education, updated with hot topics and helpful toolkits, maintained by higher education information security volunteers.
- Awareness efforts: HEISC has engages in numerous information security awareness activities, including National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) since 2004 and Data Privacy Day (DPD) since 2012.
- Information-sharing opportunities: Information security practitioners have the opportunity to engage with other members of the community through a Security Discussion list with almost 2,800 subscribers.
- Professional development and networking opportunities: HEISC has offered over a decade of professional development, publication, and peer networking opportunities for security practitioners, including seminars and boot camps, webinars, topical working groups, the conference program committee, and publication of articles, podcasts, or guest blogs.
Call For Participants
HEISC has established a number of working groups and committees to pursue projects and initiatives that contribute to the collaborative efforts noted above. Volunteers include chief information security officers, chief information officers, chief privacy officers, and other security professionals and practitioners in the higher education community.
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with new activities in 2015. If you would like to participate, please let us know. We are happy to provide additional information about current projects and help find the right volunteer opportunity for you.
- Awareness and Training (A&T) Working Group
A&T members meet on the second Thursday each month (2-3 pm ET). New volunteers are welcome!
- Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Working Group
GRC members meet on the third Thursday each month (3-4 pm ET). New volunteers are welcome!
- Technologies, Operations, and Practices (TOP) Working Group
TOP members meet on the third Friday each month (12-1 pm ET). New volunteers are welcome!
- Information Security Guide Editorial Board
Editors review each chapter of the guide annually, help develop new content as needed, and promote content to the community. New volunteers are welcome!
- Security Professionals Conference Program Committee
Program committee members are selected each winter through the EDUCAUSE Volunteer Interest Form.
- Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers (HE-CPO)
This group is by invitation only; please see the charter for details about membership. New CPOs are welcome!
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.