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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Cybersecurity
- Data Custodians, It's 11 p.m.: Do You Know Where Your Confidential Data Is?
March 20, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
Many campuses find that the proliferation and continued storage of confidential data on desktop and laptop computers to be one of their top security risks. In combination with policy and awareness …
- Leverage the Cloud + Leverage In-House + Improve Security = Save Money
January 11, 2012
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2012
The University of Maryland in Baltimore had to replace its in-house student e-mail system. Our students wanted Google. We had concerns with security as well as compliance requirements such as HIPAA…
- Campus Portal and E-Mail in the Cloud
June 2, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2011
Augusta State University recently replaced its in-house SunGard Luminis portal with myCampus from CampusEAI and its in-house e-mail system with the Microsoft Live@edu. Both are cloud-based systems …
- How Secure Is Your Information?
March 30, 2011
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2011
This dynamic session will provide a brief overview of the information security standards institutions must comply with in order to provide data security. The program will include some live demonstr…
- Gone Phishing at Wayne State University: Protecting Your Inbox with Zimbra
March 16, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2010
Wayne State University has successfully minimized risks associated with phishing attacks by integrating the Zimbra ZCS anti-phishing Zimlet and other techniques with its existing technology to incr…
- Moving to Open-Source Identity Management with MACE Grouper, Shibboleth, and OpenRegistry
March 10, 2009
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2009
Like many higher education institutions, Brown and Rutgers evolved homegrown identity management over the years. In response to growing demand for greater access to IdM services, both universities …
- Managing People and Data: Working with Central Systems and Local Applications
March 13, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2007
This session will discuss the NU application-and-review process that assists local system builders in connecting with central systems of record. It will explain how an "Exchange Protocol"…
- Empowerment vs. Control: What's Your Openness Quotient?
January 19, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007
Technology attracts students but institutions restrict network activity. Instructors try to incorporate technology in courses, but policies specify what they can install or access. In visiting 15 i…
- SPI Dynamics and the University of Missouri -Minimizing Organizational Risk
June 21, 2006
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2006
Three-fourths of successful system attacks enter through defects in Web application code. A profound lack of education is apparent in the risks posed by insecure applications. This session discusse…
- Topics in Identity Management: Authorization Strategies
March 22, 2006
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2006
As campuses develop more mature identity management infrastructures, authorization services become increasingly critical to access control. Sponsored by NMI-EDIT Consortium of Internet2 and EDUCAUS…