Community Engagement

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 collaborative nature of HEISC reflects the higher education community in general. Volunteers who contribute their time and efforts to addressing information security and privacy issues in higher education do so for the common good. That is, by working together, the entire higher education sector benefits. These collaborative efforts have led to:

  • The annual Security Professionals Conference (established 2003): This is the only conference that provides community dialogue and professional development activities for higher education information security and privacy professionals.
  • Information Security Guide (established 2003): The guide is a key resource for information security and privacy issues in higher education, updated with hot topics and helpful toolkits, maintained by higher education information security and privacy volunteers.
  • Awareness efforts: HEISC has participated in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) activities since 2004 and in Data Privacy Day (DPD) activities since 2012; HEISC has also engaged in numerous other information security awareness activities.
  • Information-sharing opportunities: Information security and privacy practitioners have the opportunity to engage with other members of the community through a Security Discussion list with more than 3,200 subscribers and a Privacy Discussion list created in late 2015.
  • Professional development, publication, and networking opportunities: HEISC has offered over a decade of professional development, publication (through EDUCAUSE Review, the Security Matters blog column, the EDUCAUSE Library, and in collaborative papers created with other EDUCAUSE programs), and peer networking opportunities for CISOs, CPOs, security practitioners, and privacy professionals, including seminars and boot camps, webinars and virtual events, topical working groups, and the conference program committee.

Call For Participants

HEISC has established a number of working groups and committees to pursue projects and initiatives that contribute to the collaborative efforts noted above. Volunteers include chief information security officers, chief information officers, chief privacy officers, and other security professionals and practitioners in the higher education community.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with new activities in 2017. If you would like to participate, please let us know. We are happy to provide additional information about current projects and help find the right volunteer opportunity for you.

Please be sure to review the HEISC Working Group Membership Guidelines if you are planning to join one of the groups listed above.

ECAR Working Groups

ECAR Working Groups bring together higher education IT leaders to address core technology challenges. Individuals at EDUCAUSE member institutions are invited to collaborate on projects that advance emerging technologies important to colleges and universities. To join an ECAR working group or suggest a new project, learn more on the Get Involved page or contact us.


How to Get Started

  1. Review current activities and working groups (at left).
  2. Review the HEISC Working Group Membership Guidelines.
  3. Learn more about HEISC by reading the charter.
  4. Contact us if you have questions.