Toolkit for New CISOs

Last reviewed: August 2017

This is a list of resources intended for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other security professionals new to their role in higher education. Recommendations are provided by members of the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC).

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EDUCAUSE Listservs: Join any of these community discussion groups and engage with a large network of professionals.

Note: If you prefer not to subscribe to these listservs, please keep in mind that the listserv archives are fully searchable and may provide valuable insights and prior discussions relating to current (or future) issues and concerns.

Association & Industry Listservs
Articles, Books, Magazines, & Newsletters: Recommended reading.


Books & Publications

Magazines & News Sources


Websites: Visit these sites for recommended resources and links to other websites commonly used by CISOs in higher education.
Professional Development: Face-to-Face & Online Events.
Professional Organizations: Consider joining a professional organization. Many offer local chapters with frequent meetings that allow you to build a local network of security practitioners and experts.
Training & Certifications
Social Media: Stay informed by connecting with others via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or LinkedIn.
Connecting with Campus Colleagues: It's crucial to continue developing relationships with as many people on your campus as possible.

Security Organizations and Associations

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