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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
- 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…
- 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…
- EDUCAUSE Summit: The Role of IT in Campus Security and Emergency Management
August 15, 2008
Colleges and universities are subject to all-hazards, ranging from natural disasters to man-made events. Recent shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, coupled with the dev…
- Information Sharing for IT Security Professionals
August 4, 2008
© 2008 Rodney J. Petersen. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-…
- Information Risk Management Policy Template
March 17, 2008
The purpose of this policy template is to ensure that risks to University information are identified, analyzed, and managed so that they are maintained at acceptable levels. Risks to the confiden…
- Complete Guide to Security and Privacy Metrics: Measuring Regulatory Compliance, Operational Resilience, and ROI - Book Review
August 29, 2007
Complete Guide to Security and Privacy Metrics: Measuring Regulatory Compliance, Operational Resilience, and ROI Debra S. Herrmann Auerbach Publications, 2007 $119.95 (hardcover), 824 pp…
- Security Task Force Strategic Plan 2006-2007 : Making Progress on Data Protection, Risk Assessment, Incident Response and Business Continuity
June 20, 2007
This 2006-2007 strategic plan is intended to identify a few key priorities for the next year that will guide and direct the activities of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Task Force. …
- 2007 Enterprise Conference: The Adaptable University
June 15, 2007
This podcast features a keynote address from the 2007 Enterprise Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Our speaker is H. David Lambert , Vice President for Information Services and Chief Informatio…
- Developing a University Systemwide Information Security Roadmap
April 11, 2007
A session at the Security 2007
Developing and implementing a common set of baseline information security practices across all the campuses of a very large state university system can be a daunting undertaking. This presentation …
- CHEMA Looks at the Future of Higher Education, 2006
January 30, 2006
This survey instrument is part of a project sponsored by CHEMA to look at the future of higher education from the perspective of its members. The project will examine how the executives who lead …