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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.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Cybersecurity
- Creating an IT Security Baseline
April 16, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
The UW–Madison Office of Campus Information Security has worked with the campus community to develop a baseline information systems security standard that's intended to help departments on c…
- Seminar 01P - How Tokenization and Point-to-Point Encryption Can Reduce Your School's PCI Scope (or Not)
May 15, 2012
A session at the Security Professionals Conference 2012
Two emerging technologies have the potential to reduce campus merchants' PCI scope while also reducing the risk of a damaging data breach: tokenization, the process whereby payment card data a…
- Identity Management in Higher Education, 2011—Slide Presentation
June 1, 2011
This slide presentation illuminates findings from the ECAR 2011 research of identity management (IdM) practices in higher education . This slide deck can be adapted for presentations within…
- Reducing the Cost of PCI Compliance
October 20, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Credit card payments are prevalent throughout university campuses and websites. Achieving PCI compliance is aggravated by the scope-related complexities of a typical cyberinfrastructure. This ses…
- Cyberspace: A Matter of National Security - Sponsored by Trustwave
April 13, 2010
A session at the Security 2010
Cyberspace began as the domain of technologists and engineers, with a focus on building circuits, switches, computers, and software that could reliably sustain a new global form of communication. I…
- Driving Security Improvements Through Research and Development
September 15, 2009
The Directorate for Science and Technology (S&T) is the primary research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. S&T uses the Homeland Security Advanced Research Pr…
- Securing Campus Web Applications with Vulnerability Scanning and Web Application Firewalls
November 5, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
Web application firewalls (WAFs) and penetration testing are excellent ways to secure your environment while meeting PCI-DSS requirements. This session will focus on our experience with each tool, …
- The Cost of Preventing Breaches
November 4, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
We all know only too well that there are significant costs associated with both experiencing and preventing data breaches, and we are continually challenged with finding the right mix of people, pr…
- Soft-Selling Tough Issues
April 22, 2009
A session at the Security 2009
Louisiana State University's IT communications and security officers join forces to effectively educate campus populations about IT security threats, IT policies, and best practices. …
- The Data Center Within a Data Center: Building a Secure Environment for Compliance
May 6, 2008
A session at the Security 2008
PCI compliance can be daunting, particularly in a university network environment. Notre Dame chose a data center within a data center approach to simplify compliance and minimize integration issues…