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The EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) works to improve information security, data protection, and privacy programs across the higher education sector through its volunteers and focused partnerships with government, industry and other academic organizations.
New to Your Security Role?
If you are a new CISO or new to the higher education community, we recommend checking out the Toolkit for New CISOs, a resource developed by members of the Higher Education Information Security Council.
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.
Library Items on this Topic
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…
- Information Privacy Revealed
January 28, 2013
Merri Beth Lavagnino is Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Coordinator at Indiana University. Information privacy is not a technology concept. Long before there were Chief Privacy Offic…
- 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 …
- Who Sets E-Mail Rules?
September 12, 2011
U. of Illinois says it is trying to protect privacy and intellectual property, but two national groups see unreasonable limits on free speech. …
- 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…
- Cloud Services: Policy and Assessment
July 21, 2011
David Escalante is Director of Computer Policy & Security at Boston College. Andrew J. Korty ( email@example.com ) is Deputy Information Security Officer at Indiana University. Commen…
- Does Higher Education Need a New Ethical Framework for the Internet?
March 22, 2011
This ECAR research bulletin is designed to help decision makers in higher education assess the applicability of four significant historical codes of ethics as they evaluate their current polic…
- Privacy Considerations in Cloud-Based Teaching and Learning Environments
January 5, 2011
In this white paper, we outline the privacy issues relevant to using cloud-based instructional tools or cloud-based teaching and learning environments for faculty members and those supporting ins…
- Tips for Safe and Secure Social Networking
August 23, 2010
This Higher Education Information Security Council resource includes US-CERT recommendations and suggested steps to use social networking in a safe and secure environment. …