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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
- Information Security Program Assessment Tool
April 15, 2013
This self-assessment tool was created to evaluate the maturity of higher education information security programs using as a framework the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 2700…
- An Incremental Approach to Building an Information Security Program
April 1, 2013
Key Takeaways Constraints such as tight budgets, increased responsibilities, lack of resources or incentive, and disagreement on a common approach to information security pose ch…
- Can Big Data Help Universities Tackle Security, BYOD?
July 31, 2012
Universities have some of the most complex IT infrastructures around, and BYOD is a reality they can't escape. Chief Security Officers at universities are increasingly turning to Big Data an…
- Software-as-a-Service Email Security: Risk vs. Trust
May 31, 2012
Many organizations would be interested in treating e-mail as a commodity —cutting costs and resource investments by outsourcing it to a software as a service (SaaS) provider. However, …
- IdM/IAM and Remote Student Services: Risk Assessment and Identity Management Practices
October 15, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2010 Annual Conference
Most campuses offer personalized remote services; some are considering remote identity proofing practices to support higher security access, but all must assess the institutional risk and level of …
- Compliance Matrix Poster for IT & Compliance Professionals
March 17, 2010
This matrix poster developed by Symantec outlines IT Controls for security and privacy concerns related to regulatory compliance in the workplace. Topics addressed in this poster include: Regu…
- The Career of the IT Security Officer in Higher Education
July 1, 2009
This ECAR occasional paper reports the result of a study designed to understand and document the attributes and responsibilities of the relatively new role of information security officer in high…
- Guide to Enterprise Telework and Remote Access Security (SP 800-46 Revision 1)
June 4, 2009
Many organizations’ employees and contractors use enterprise telework technologies to perform work from external locations. Most teleworkers use remote access technologies to interface with an…
- Security and Privacy Lightning Round
October 30, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
Authenticated Guest Wireless Access: Simplicity and Security Christopher Keslar, University of Pittsburgh The need for guest access is growing as more campuses provide wireless coverage. Th…
- Appropriate Access: Levels of Assurance
February 14, 2008
A level of assurance (LoA) refers to the degree of certainty that (1) a resource owner has that a person's physical self has been adequately verified before credentials are issued by a registr…