Cybersecurity Initiative

12 Months of Ready-Made Security Awareness Communications You Can Use in 2017

Use our Annual Campus Security Awareness Campaign materials to create a steady stream of privacy and security awareness info & helpful resources for students faculty & staff. Content can be adapted for your institution's needs, whether you promote topics monthly or quarterly.

The Cybersecurity Initiative is led by the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) whose mission is to support higher education institutions as they improve information security governance, compliance, data protection, and privacy programs.
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HEISC Webinars

April 11: Phishing Programs: Chapter 1 – Getting Your Campus Ready for a Phishing Awareness Campaign with Sandy Silk (Harvard University) and Eric Weakland (American University)

May 30 (4-5 pm EDT): Primer on Campus Risk Assessments with Silvio Balzano (Fordham University), Matthew Dalton (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Blake Penn (Georgia Tech)

Summer 2017: Phishing Programs: Chapters 2 & 3

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Note: No registration is required. Recordings, slides, and chat transcripts will be posted here after each webinar.

Additional Resources

Information Security Guide

The Information Security Guide: Effective Practices and Solutions for Higher Education is a key publication for the higher education security community, maintained by volunteers.

Assessment Tools

Evaluate the maturity of your information security program using this self-assessment tool created by HEISC volunteers. If you are evaluating cloud service providers, download our Higher Education Cloud Vendor Assessment Tool (HECVAT) recently developed by community members.

New to the CISO Role?

The Toolkit for New CISOs provides recommended resources for those new to their role in higher education.

Security Matters Guest Blogs

Find the latest blogs related to information security, privacy, and risk in higher ed in our EDUCAUSE Review blog column, Security Matters.

Security Professionals Conference

The annual Security Professionals Conference is the premier forum for connecting information security professionals, security analysts, IT staff, privacy officers, C-level executives, and others from across the higher education community. Plan to join us in May 1–3, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado. Learn More >

Get Involved with HEISC

Volunteer to write an article or guest blog, serve on a working group, or join the program committee. We're always searching for innovative practices and projects from the community, so please share your ideas with us. Consider connecting with the HEISC community today and make an impact within your profession. Learn More >

Security Discussion Group

Participate in community discussions about information security in higher education.

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Security and Data Privacy Awareness

Educating students, faculty, and staff is easier with ready-made planning and communication tools from these annual awareness efforts: