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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
- Penn State Advises of Alternatives for "Exploring" the Internet
December 10, 2004
A recent announcement by Penn State University that discourages against the use of Microsoft's Internet Explore by faculty, staff, and students is sure to send shock waves across the high…
- New Proposal for the Collection of Student Data
December 1, 2004
A recent Alert issued by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) draws attention to a feasibility study that is currently underway for a proposed Integrated Postsecondary Education Da…
- GAO Report Concludes Many Public Records Contain SSNs
November 15, 2004
A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is further evidence of the growing concern about the over-use of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and the potential for their mis…
- Reflections on EDUCAUSE 2004 Annual Conference
November 15, 2004
It has been just over 5 years since a show of hands at the annual Seminars in Academic Computing indicated that probably less than 10 percent of colleges and universities had a full time secu…
- FTC, NIST to Host Email Authentication Summit
November 5, 2004
The Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will co-host a two-day “summit” November 9-10, 2004 to explore the develo…
- Cybersecurity Awareness and the Need for "Cultural Change"
October 24, 2004
I recently had the opportunity to serve on panel for a Symposium on Cyber Security Policy held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and hosted by the Carnegie Mellon Universit…
- Presidential Candidates on Cybersecurity
October 24, 2004
CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) , a global trade association representing the business interests of the information technology industry, will hold an interactive briefin…
- What Every President Should Know About Cybersecurity
October 12, 2004
At the VASCAN conference held yesterday at the University of Virginia, the President of James Madison University, Linwood Rose, observed that the typical president is not informed about in…
- State and Regional Higher Ed Cybersecurity Collaborations and Events
October 12, 2004
Many of you have probably heard about the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing And Networking (VA SCAN) . Their unique collaboration and partnership has been featured in a few different …
- Cybersecurity Summit 2004 Addresses Security of Supercomputing Facilities
October 8, 2004
Last week was a busy week on the cybersecurity front. It was so eventful that my blog postings this week are in an effort to catch up with what may already be old news! However, an event h…