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The EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) works to improve information security, data protection, and privacy programs across the higher education sector through its volunteers and focused partnerships with government, industry and other academic organizations.
New to Your Security Role?
If you are a new CISO or new to the higher education community, we recommend checking out the Toolkit for New CISOs, a resource developed by members of the Higher Education Information Security Council.
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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Cybersecurity
- New Cyber Threats Put Higher Education in the Crosshairs
October 1, 2010
Cyber criminals and nation states have changed the game in computer attacks. Because of three special characteristics of colleges, they become a favorite target. In this fast-paced briefing you…
- EDUCAUSE Member Update and Input Session - September 7, 2010
September 7, 2010
This is an archive of President Oblinger's online discussion of EDUCAUSE plans for this fall’s annual conference. Other topics to be discussed include ACTI, InCommon, DNSSEC, EDUCAUSE Revi…
- 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 …
- DNSSEC for the .edu Domain
April 29, 2010
The Domain Name System (DNS) was built without security, leaving Internet traffic exposed to forged DNS data, which, among other things, allows the spoofing of addresses to redirect traffic to ma…
- DNSSEC -- Living and Loving Life after Kaminsky; Or: How I overcame my fear and signed my zones
October 30, 2008
With the fear and uncertainty caused by Dan Kaminsky's new attack vector against DNS, the subsequently mandated deployment of DNSSEC into the .gov namespace, and the political debate surroun…
- Port 53 Wars: Security of the Domain Name System and Thinking About DNSSEC
February 14, 2007
Correct functioning of the domain name system (DNS) is key to the security and usability of virtually all network applications, yet many Internet2-connected sites have easily identified and explo…
- Fifteenth Fed/Ed PKI Coordination Meeting
June 14, 2007
These are presentations from the Fifteenth Fed/Ed PKI Coordination Meeting, held in Washington DC, June 14 , 2007. These are presentations from t…
- Security Task Force Exclusive Briefing: ECAR & ResNet Security Survey Results
January 1, 2006
The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) 2006 Security Survey and the ResNet Applied Research Group 2006 Security Practices and Policies Survey contain important results that will help …
- Safeguarding the Tower: IT Security in Higher Education 2006
October 11, 2006
Presentation at EDUCAUSE 2006, October 9-12, 2006, Dallas, Texas. This presentation summarizes the findings of the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research 2006 study of information technology s…
- Trends in Malicious Code on the Internet
January 1, 2006
The presentation will identify the FBI's role in combating malicious code outbreaks and investigating computer intrusion incidents, as well as the objectives of malware analysis. The malicio…