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Version 1.1: October 2012

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 EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC).

Are You the New CISO on Your Campus? A Few First Steps...
  • Get to know your colleagues within the IT department, as well as key stakeholders across the institution.
  • Do a quick assessment within the first 60 days to determine the status of the IT security department’s existing services and activities.
  • Find answers to questions in the Information Security Guide: Effective Practices and Solutions for Higher Education, a compendium of information providing guidance on effective approaches to the application of information security at institutions of higher education. (This handy infographic provides a quick overview of the chapters and where to find resources.)
  • Connect with local peers. The EDUCAUSE Member Directory allows you to identify peers according to location, functional role, or area of interest. Complete your member profile now and start connecting with professionals in your area!
  • Request a peer mentor or coach through our Mentoring Program for security professionals (visit our Mentoring Toolkit for details).
  • Browse the resources available below.

Still haven't found what you need? Please contact us and we'll try to help!

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.

Articles

Books & Publications

Magazines

Newsletters

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.
  • CIO
  • CPO
  • Risk
  • Audit
  • Compliance
  • CFO
  • Registrar
  • Faculty/Researchers
  • Students

Questions or comments? Contact us.

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