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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
- Identity Management in Higher Education 2010 Survey Questionnaire
March 23, 2010
This March 2010 survey is a critical component of the 2010 EDUCAUSE Center on Applied Research (ECAR) follow-up to its 2006 baseline study of identity management in higher education. The 2006 st…
- IT Security Officer Survey
April 9, 2008
This April 2008 survey is a critical component of the EDUCAUSE Center on Applied Research (ECAR) study of information security officers in higher education. It seeks to understand the important c…
- International Study of Identity Management and IT Security in Higher Education
July 9, 2007
This July 2007 survey is part of a study of identity management and information technology (IT) security in higher education sponsored by CAUDIT in Australasia, by EUNIS in Europe, and by the EDU…
- The 2006 ResNet Security Practices and Policies Survey
January 1, 2006
The 2006 ResNet Security Practices and Policies Survey continues efforts to understand and expand knowledge of security practices and policies used in connection with residential computer networks …
- Spam Blocking Poll
January 1, 2006
Results of an informal Spam blocking poll from the EDUCAUSE CIO discussion list. Results of an informal Spam blocking poll from the EDUCAUSE CIO discus…
- CBO Perspectives on IT and Business Continuity
September 25, 2006
This September-October 2006 survey, administered to chief business officers and chief financial officers affiliated with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACU…
- IT Security Office Survey
January 1, 2006
This is an informal survey from the Security discussion list. Survey asks if schools have a separate security office, where does it report, and how is it staffed. …
- IT Readiness for Business Continuity
May 2, 2006
This May 2006 survey seeks to understand higher education's plans, infrastructure, experience, and capability in the area of information technology support for business continuity. …
- 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 …
- IT Security in Higher Education, 2006
October 31, 2005
This survey instrument covers the security of networks and computing systems, including data, application, service, and operating systems. This s…