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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
- Data Classification, Security, and Compliance: Helping Users Help Themselves
January 28, 2013
Key Takeaways Being able to accurately identify, manage, and secure data is imperative in an era where every sector, higher education included, is data-driven. The goal of d…
- Policy Dimensions of Analytics in Higher Education
July 18, 2012
Rodney J. Petersen is Senior Government Relations Officer and Managing Director, Washington Office, for EDUCAUSE. The current higher education landscape is replete with demands for im…
- Sensitive Regulated Data: Permitted and Restricted Uses
July 18, 2012
The University of Michigan engages in research, teaching, clinical, and business activities that encompass a variety of sensitive regulated data. This standard defines permitted and restricted us…
- Podcast: Jodi Ito on the Information Security Program at the University of Hawaii
January 20, 2012
Jodi Ito is the Information Security Officer at the University of Hawaii. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the university's new information security…
- Stanford Data Classification Guidelines
December 13, 2011
Criteria used to determine which data category is appropriate for a particular information or infrastructure system at Stanford University. Cri…
- January is Data Privacy Month: Free Webinars and Easy Ways to Increase Awareness
December 7, 2011
You know the importance of protecting personal identities and the effects social media can have on privacy, but does everyone on your campus? During the month of January, EDUCAUSE is expanding o…
- Data Classification and Governance
November 17, 2011
This is the Data Classification and Governance policy for Purdue University. This is the Data Classification and Governance policy for Purdue U…
- Protecting the Security of Research Data
November 8, 2011
The effective protection and management of research data has become a hot topic in U.S. higher education. Funding agencies increasingly require data management plans as part of grant submittals…
- Penetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education
September 12, 2011
George Siemens ( email@example.com ) is with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. Phil Long ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is a Professor in the Schools of …
- Data Privacy Legislation: An Analysis of the Current Legislative Landscape and the Implications for Higher Education (8/12/11)
August 12, 2011
With the ubiquity of mobile devices and the increases in data breaches, Congress has responded with bipartisan support for comprehensive privacy legislation. As of August 2011, 18 bills have bee…