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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
- A Business Continuity Planning Toolkit
May 5, 2008
A session at the Security 2008
As major disasters bring acute awareness to readiness, many higher education institutions have taken the initiative to develop and refine their handling of major disruptions on campus. This presen…
- Developing a University Systemwide Information Security Roadmap
April 11, 2007
A session at the Security 2007
Developing and implementing a common set of baseline information security practices across all the campuses of a very large state university system can be a daunting undertaking. This presentation …
- Enterprise Risk Management in Higher Education: Implications for Enterprise IT - Sponsored by Kroll Advisory Solutions
April 17, 2013
A session at the Security Professionals Conference
Enterprise risk management (ERM) has matured as a discipline within higher education. Colleges and universities are subject to risks to their physical assets, people assets, and cyber assets. The i…
- Enterprise-Wide Security
May 24, 2006
A session at the Enterprise Technology Conference 2006
During 2005, more than 50 universities notified thousands of individuals that their campuses had data-security breaches, which might affect them personally. Many states have passed data privacy law…
- How Identity and Access Management Can Help Your Institution Touch Its Toes
May 28, 2008
A session at the Enterprise Information & Technology Conference 2008
Successful IT infrastructures and architectures are expected to nimbly provide the context for protecting and sharing information and identities. In today's world, new legislation, expectation…
- Incident Handling: Event Correlation, Response, Reporting, and Planning
April 12, 2006
A session at the Security 2006
This session will describe the centralized system for event correlation and automated incident response (CECR) used by York University. There will also be a section on the use of incident reporting…
- Navigating the Clouds with an Enterprise IT Strategy
April 17, 2013
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2013
Should your institution be a cloud services leader? How do you balance the risks of innovation with the possible benefits? What about managing identity in the cloud? Furman University's IT Str…
- Return on Security Investment
January 1, 2004
Risk analysis provides a quantitative means of evaluating potential security investments. Investments should be directed to those areas that offer the greatest return in lowering risk exposure. Thi…
- 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. …