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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 email@example.com.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Cybersecurity
- Higher Education Information Security Council 2014 Strategic Priorities
January 30, 2014
The Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) has identified three areas of focus in 2014, which closely align with the 2014 EDUCAUSE Strategic Directions . This year's stra…
- IT Compliance Framework for Institutions of Higher Ed
April 16, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
Institutions of higher education are increasingly expected to comply with various regulatory requirements specifically focused at data privacy and protection. Sometimes there could be overlap in ef…
- Privacy and Security Initiatives and Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education
February 26, 2013
Key Takeaways At EDUCAUSE 2012, U.S. Department of Education speakers discussed new privacy and security initiatives, as well as offering recommendations on navigating privacy ef…
- Data Privacy Day 2013 Event
January 28, 2013
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, kicked off Data Privacy Day 2013 wi…
- Cloud Security Debate: Cloud Now or Cloud How?
December 10, 2012
During the often-fiery 2012 presidential debate season, a lively debate of a different sort held at Indiana University (IU) featured passionate arguments on the natur…
- EDUCAUSE Joins Letter in Support of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendment
August 3, 2012
While the Cybersecurity Act ( S. 3414 ) was defeated on August 2, 2012, there was a specific privacy amendment filed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) of interest to the EDUCAUSE community. Sena…
- ECPA Amendment Letter
July 31, 2012
In this letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell, EDUCAUSE joined with the Association of Research Libraries, businesses, and other trade associations to support …
- 7 Ways BYOD Could Get You Sued
July 18, 2012
The author, Sam Narisi, discusses some of the biggest legal issues to consider when coming up with a BYOD policy and strategy. The author, Sam Na…
- Internet Privacy Legislation: What the White House, Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission Are Recommending
May 22, 2012
On May 14, 2012, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee sponsored the discussion, “New Internet Privacy Legislation: What the White House, Federal Trade Commission and the Europe…
- On the Edges of Policy Questions, Student Privacy, and Student Learning
May 17, 2012
A session at the Security Professionals Conference 2012
We all participate regularly in discussions of policy data, student learning data, and data privacy, yet it's difficult to bring the three domains together without conflict, as different prior…