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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
- 2007 Policy Conference: Identity Crisis
June 22, 2007
The opening keynote speech at the 2007 Educause Policy Conference was delivered by Jim Harper , Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Through public policy debate,…
- 2007 Federal Computer Security Report Card
June 21, 2007
The 7th Annual Computer Security Report Card at Federal Departments and Agencies gave the government an overall grade of C- which is up from a D+ the previous two years. Other notable changes inc…
- DHS on Its Own Cybersecurity: "Do As I Say, Not As I Do"
June 21, 2007
The Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing yesterday on the topic of “Ha…
- Balancing “Safety” with “Freedom” in Aftermath of Virginia Tech Tragedy
June 19, 2007
In response to the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, President George W. Bush directed the secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education along with the A…
- An Interview with Cliff Lynch
December 18, 2006
In this 51 minute recording, we'll hear from CNI's Cliff Lynch . Listen in has he shares some thoughts on cyberinfrastructure, patents, and much more.. This interview is pr…
- An Interview with Ed Meachen
December 18, 2006
In this 12 minute recording, we'll hear from Ed Meachen about work on educational gaming, patents, and more. See also: An Interview with Kurt Squire An Interview …
- An Interview with David Walker
December 18, 2006
In this 14 minute recording, George Brett hosts David Walker for an interview on, among other things, a range of issues related to identity management. …
- An Interview with Miguel Angel Garcia
October 26, 2006
In this 23 minute recording, we'll hear from Marilu Goodyear sits down with Miguel Angel Garcia , Vice President of Administration & Finance at the Polytechnic University of Puert…
- An Interview with Douglas Van Houweling
October 19, 2006
The attached recording provides coverage of a 20 minute interview with Internet2 President and CEO, Douglas Van Houweling . Listen in as he shares thoughts on cybersecurity, cyberinfrastruct…
- An Interview with John Walda
October 17, 2006
In this 17 minute recording, we'll hear from NACUBO President, John Walda on a range of issues of interest to business officers in higher education. Among other things, topics covered i…