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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 email@example.com.
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
- What Does BYOE Mean for IT?: IT Leader Roundtable
May 15, 2013
The bring-your-own-everything (BYOE) phenomenon continues to gain momentum as more students, faculty, and staff use personal devices and services on campus. The person who previously brou…
- Navigating the Clouds with an Enterprise IT Strategy
April 17, 2013
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2013
Should your institution be a cloud services leader? How do you balance the risks of innovation with the possible benefits? What about managing identity in the cloud? Furman University's IT Str…
- Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education: Implications for Enterprise IT - Sponsored by Kroll Advisory Solutions
April 17, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
Enterprise risk management (ERM) has matured as a discipline within higher education. Colleges and universities are subject to risks to their physical assets, people assets, and cyber assets. The i…
- 2012 CDS Executive Summary Report
January 24, 2013
This report summarizes results from the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey. Using a matched set of 616 CDS 2011 and CDS 2012 participating institutions, this year’s report is a detaile…
- The EDUCAUSE 2011 Core Data Service Report: Highlights and Insights into Higher Education Information Technology
January 31, 2012
Authors: Susan Grajek , Vice President for Data, Research, and Analytics, EDUCAUSE Pam Arroway , Senior Statistician, EDUCAUSE This report summarizes results from the 2011 EDUC…
- 2012 Planning Guide: Identity and Privacy
December 12, 2011
After two years of rapid and disruptive change in the identity market, 2012 promises even more of the same. Intensifying policy battles, increased levels of fraud and privacy intrusion, continui…
- Penetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education
September 12, 2011
George Siemens ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. Phil Long ( email@example.com ) is a Professor in the Schools of …
- A Conversation with CIOs on Current Campus IT Initiatives and Trends
August 9, 2011
Join leading CIOs in a conversation about their current campus IT issues and initiatives. Hear and discuss the institutional challenges CIO and Senior IT Leaders are facing related to administ…
- Top-Ten IT Issues in Higher Education: 2011 Current Issues Survey Results
June 1, 2011
In this year’s Current Issues Survey, mobile computing debuts as a top-ten higher education IT issue critical for strategic success and emerging across all issues is the need for IT leaders to…
- Top-Ten IT Issues, 2011
May 31, 2011
Bret L. Ingerman ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is Chair of the 2011 EDUCAUSE Current Issues Committee and is Vice President for Computing and Information Services at Vassar College. Catherine Yang…