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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 participated in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) activities since 2004; Data Privacy Day (DPD) activities since 2012; and engaged in numerous other information security awareness activities.
- Information-sharing opportunities: Information security practitioners have the opportunity to engage with other members of the community through a Security Discussion list with over 3,000 subscribers.
- Professional development and networking opportunities: HEISC has offered over a decade of professional development, publication (through EDUCAUSE Review, the Security Matters blog, publication in the EDUCAUSE Library, and in collaborative papers created with other EDUCAUSE programs), and peer networking opportunities for CISOs and security practitioners, including seminars and boot camps, webinars, online courses or focus sessions, topical working groups, and the conference program committee.
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 2016. 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
- Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Working Group
- Technologies, Operations, and Practices (TOP) Working Group
- Information Security Guide Editorial Board
- Security Professionals Conference Program Committee
- Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers (HE-CPO)
Please be sure to review the HEISC Working Group Membership Guidelines if you are planning to join one of the groups listed above.
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.