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The higher education sector plays an important role in the cybersecurity of America. Through its core mission of teaching and learning, higher education is the main source of future leaders, innovators, and the technical workforce. Through research, higher education is the basic source of much of our new knowledge and future technologies. Colleges and universities also operate some of the world's largest collections of computers and high-speed networks. This resource page provides information related to all aspects of cybersecurity for higher education, with an emphasis on strategies, policies, and other tools that will assist institutions of higher education to prevent, detect, and respond to vulnerabilities that threaten college and university computers and networks.
EDUCAUSE is actively involved with this area through the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (formerly the Security Task Force).
Information Security Guide: Effective Practices and Solutions for Higher Education
The Information Security Guide: Effective Practices and Solutions for Higher Education is now available in wiki format. This resource provides practical approaches to preventing, detecting, and responding to security problems in a wide range of higher education environments. This online service is designed with colleges and universities in mind, balancing our need for security with the need for an open, collaborative networking environment. Also, because one of the overarching concerns in college and university information technology (IT) departments is a lack of resources, an effort is made to provide low-cost solutions. The target audiences are those responsible for information security in colleges and universities and information technology staff who implement and manage security measures. Recognizing that many institutions have initiated or are in the process of developing IT security programs and policies, an effort is made throughout this resource to present practices that are useful at each stage of the developmental process.
As a community-driven, community-serving project, it is important for this initiative to incorporate experiences and perspectives from many different institutions. To contribute case studies that have been effective in your institution, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
View past and future security-related events.
InCommon will be heavily involved in a $1.8 million grant awarded to Internet2 to build a consistent and robust privacy infrastructure. Partners include Carnegie Mellon, Brown, University of Texas...
Virginia Tech has become the first identity provider to achieve Bronze and Silver certification as part of the InCommon Assurance Program.
The annual EDUCAUSE Conference in Denver will provide an opportunity to explore the range and depth of issues that campuses must consider as they build...
Find a variety of E12 security and privacy-related sessions in Denver or online.
Find resources and see what other campuses are doing this October for NCSAM.
NCSAM article in the latest EDUCAUSE Review offers resources and suggestions for campuses to support security awareness efforts in October.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Cybersecurity
- Join InCommon Virtual Working Group Meetings, May 20-21
May 17, 2013
IAM Online , the monthly webinar series sponsored by InCommon, Internet2, and EDUCAUSE, has scheduled a special series of virtual working group meetings, May 20–21, 2013, to showcase key ide…
- NSTIC Pilots at RSA Features Internet2 Scalable Privacy Project
February 27, 2013
The following announcement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concerns the pilots funded as part of the President's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cy…
- Request for Comments on Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct
March 12, 2012
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a Request for Public Comments in response to the report on consumer da…
- NSTIC to Establish a Steering Group that is Private Sector Led
February 21, 2012
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office has issued its “Recommendations For Establishing An Identity Ecosystem Governance Structure.” …
- NSTIC Unveils $10 Million Program for Online Identity Pilot Programs
February 6, 2012
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) took a big step forward to gain confidence that there is more than just talk to the strategy by announcing a new Feder…
- OMB Memo Urges Government to Leverage Externally-Issued Identity Credentials
January 4, 2012
A recent memo from the Federal CIO to the CIO's of Executive Departments and Agencies is welcome news to the advocates for federated identity management. The memo with the subject line…
- FSA Fall Conference Addresses Several Policy Themes
December 13, 2011
The 2011 Federal Student Aid Fall Conference held on November 29th-December 2nd covered a variety of federal student aid policy topics, ranging from state authorization to program integrity …
- Department of Education to Rollout Two-Factor Authentication
November 30, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid technology office announced this week at the 2011 Federal Student Aid Conference its plans to issue 90,000 tokens to privileged users who…
- ED FSA Software Developer’s Conference Focuses on Theme of Cybersecurity
November 28, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) Federal Student Aid (FSA) Software Developers Conference kicked off today with sessions on cybersecurity, identity management, and related topics of tru…
- Responses to NSTIC Governance Notice of Inquiry
August 17, 2011
The national program office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) received more than 50 responses in July to the NSTIC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) which sought i…