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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.
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…
- 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…
- 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…
- 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…
- Cloud Services: Policy and Assessment
July 21, 2011
David Escalante is Director of Computer Policy & Security at Boston College. Andrew J. Korty ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is Deputy Information Security Officer at Indiana University. Commen…
- Data Security Policy
May 21, 2011
The purpose of this Boston College policy is to outline essential roles and responsibilities within the University community for creating and maintaining an environment that safeguards data from…
- University Institutional Data Management
December 1, 2010
Indiana University Institutional Data Management program is the development and execution of principles, architectures, policies, practices and procedures that ensure broad appropriate availabili…
- Data Stewardship: A New Model for Managing Data Security and Privacy
October 14, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Georgetown University Information Services has undertaken a comprehensive effort to redefine its data stewardship architecture and to implement better policies, practices, and procedures to control…
- NDSU Guidelines for Protecting Sensitive Data
September 3, 2010
This NDSU website includes important information for NDSU employees to follow when dealing with personal and confidential data. This NDSU website…