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Last Updated: January 2014

The EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council is pleased to present this compilation of cybersecurity awareness resources for colleges and universities. We hope that you will find them useful in your efforts to raise awareness within your community. If you would like to contribute additional materials to this library, please contact us.

Getting Started

Raising the information security consciousness of our students, faculty, and staff is a difficult challenge that must be met in order to successfully achieve our information security goals. The resources in this section provide an overview of how to get started in establishing a security awareness program at your institution.

Higher Education Resources

The resources contained in this section are an effort to compile materials that have been created by colleges and universities for use at individual institutions. It is our hope that you will be able to adapt the materials for use at your institution or that the creativity behind these resources will inspire you to develop your own original materials.

If you would like to submit new resources, please send an e-mail to
  • Indiana University Protecting Data and Staying Safe Online Bookmarks (2009)
  • Missouri State University Information Security Bookmarks - Front and Back (2011) *Note: These were printed on 100% recycled paper. The goal was to have bookmarks available on a security table in the Student Union and to have the Bookstore insert one in books purchased during the month of October.
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  • Purdue University "Security Alert" Cards (2012): These cards are left by the security team while someone is away from their computer, phone, or belongings. The card alerts the user that their behavior put them at risk for someone else to steal their computer or identity. Tips to protect your identity and data are also included. 
  • University of California, Berkeley "Mobile Phone" Cards (2013): These cards should be printed on paper about the same size as a typical smart phone and handed out as a reminder about device safety and privacy.
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E-mail Signatures

Some campus IT or Information Security departments create their own Facebook page to share updates, provide tips, and connect with users. Here are a few examples. HEISC is also on Facebook.

  • Georgetown's Jeopardy Game (2011): This PowerPoint presentation includes the game questions used during an "Information Security Jeopardy!" game for faculty and staff. This game provided a chance to discuss the policies relevant to information security, as well as other security topics. You are welcome to reuse and customize the slides for your institution's faculty, staff and/or students.
  • Naval Postgraduate School CyberCIEGE Educational Video Game (2010): CyberCIEGE is a serious game designed to teach network security concepts. Its development was sponsored by the U.S. Navy, and it is used as an education and training tool by agencies of the U.S. government, universities, community colleges, and high schools (see CyberCIEGE Usage Map). The game is freely available to the U.S. Government and a no-cost license is available for educational institutions.
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  • HEISC is starting to gather security awareness materials and other information security resources on Pinterest. We hope you'll follow us and let us know if we should be following your institution!
  • University of British Columbia Digital Tattoo Project: The goal of the Digital Tattoo project and its website is to share resources to encourage you to think about your presence online, navigate the issues involved in forming and re-forming your digital identity and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen.
  • HEISC is curating two topics on! - Higher Ed Information Security and Higher Ed Data Privacy. You can follow these topics and share recent articles through Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed, or your own! page. We hope you'll follow us and let us know if we should be following your institution!
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Tip Sheets
Training & Tutorials

Some campus IT or Information Security departments create their own Twitter page to share updates, provide tips, and connect with users. Here are a few examples. Let @HEISCouncil know if we should follow your campus or add a link here!

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Government Resources

The government - federal, state, and local - is also a source of cybersecurity awareness resources. Below is a sample of some resources developed for government audiences that you may want to consult as you develop programs for your campus.

Industry Resources

In addition to resources developed by institutions of higher education, the providers of IT products and services increasingly offer security awareness to end-users. Below is a sample of some of the cybersecurity awareness resources available from industry.

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