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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
- 8 Mobile Device Security Steps
October 1, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - 8 Mobile Device Security Steps
Every organization is challenged to rapidly deploy mobile device security. The SANS 8 Mobile Device Security Steps is a community-driven project to provide the most up-to-date information on the …
- Data Classification Policy
October 1, 2013
This policy applies to all individuals who access, use, or control Columbia University electronic information resources. Those individuals covered include, but are not limited to faculty, staff…
- October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2013
September 30, 2013
Ten Years, Five Weeks, One Theme: Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility First launched in 2004 as a broad effort by government and industry to help all Americans stay safe and secure…
- XSEDE Cloud Survey Report
September 24, 2013
A National Science Foundation-sponsored cloud user survey was conducted from September 2012 to April 2013 by the XSEDE Cloud Integration Investigation Team to better understand how cloud is used …
- Share Your Plans for NCSAM 2013
August 28, 2013
If your campus is hosting an event or activity in October, please e-mail your plans and links to additional information. We will include your college or university's activities in our li…
- Join the #HigherEd #NCSAM Conversation!
August 21, 2013
Ways to get social with us this National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM): Change your institution's Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, or other social media profile…
- Prepare for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2013
August 14, 2013
Did you know that National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is less than two months away? We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of NCSAM this October. Here are a few ways you can sh…
- KUMC Payment Card Acceptance Operational Protocol (PCI)
August 8, 2013
The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) PCI DSS policy seeks to apply best security practices to protect against the exposure and possible theft of account and personal cardholder informat…
- Community Engagement for Security and Safety
August 5, 2013
Earving L. Blythe is Vice President Emeritus, Information Technology, at Virginia Tech. As educators and IT professionals, we all are cognizant of how technological innovation is ch…
- Podcast: Randy Marchany on Virginia Tech's Cybersecurity Strategy
August 2, 2013
The Twenty Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense are quick wins that allow you to rapidly improve your cybersecurity without major procedural or technical change. In this p…