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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.
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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
- Privacy and the Connected Campus
May 21, 2013
As students, scholars, and administrators use today’s connected online tools , they leave behind a “ data exhaust ” that can reveal a surprisingly detailed picture of individual activi…
- We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help You: Privacy Issues and Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education
January 25, 2012
This webinar is one in a series celebrating Data Privacy Month 2012 . Speakers: Kathleen M. Styles, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Education and Michael B. Hawes, Statistical Pri…
- Privacy and Security Risks in Higher Education
January 10, 2012
This webinar is one in a series celebrating Data Privacy Month 2012 . Privacy is a major and often underappreciated risk area for institutions of higher education. Many data security brea…
- Security, Privacy and Policy: Special Expert Q&A Session
April 28, 2011
Listen to an informal Q&A session on today's theme of Security, Privacy and Policy. Listen to an informal Q&A session on today…
- Several Ways to Understand Digital Privacy
April 21, 2011
Data privacy is frequently a confusing subject. This talk will explain why: Privacy comprises many different rights and protections that may apply in many different circumstances. It's fre…
- Lawful Access: Issues and Challenges for Universities
April 7, 2011
This presentation will focus on the discrete types of legal process or demands that universities are likely to see from law enforcement and civil parties ; the types of situations when such de…
- The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet
March 2, 2011
In this talk, Daniel J. Solove discusses how gossip and rumor on the Internet are affecting the lives of school students in some profound and troubling ways. Teeming with chat rooms, online di…
- Government Access to Electronic Communications—Updating the Rules
June 9, 2010
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was a forward-looking statute when enacted in 1986. It specified standards for law enforcement access to e-mail and other electronic communication…
- Spotlight On Identity Management: Identity Management at USC: Collaboration, Governance, and Access
August 8, 2008
Identity and access management (IAM) at USC has been a policy-driven, grassroots effort for the past five years. During that time collaborative committees with representatives from many academic …
- What Price Insularity? Reflections About Computer Security Failings
January 4, 2008
Why is it risky for technologists to ignore the nontechnical context where their systems will be deployed? Furthermore, what is the risk when policymakers ignore the limits and potential of techn…