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Collaboration in Cybersecurity: EDUCAUSE, Internet2 and REN-ISAC Coordination Update

Feb 25, 2019, by Nick Lewis
Tags: 2018 Technology Exchange, 2019 Internet2 Global Summit, Community, Educause, Frontpage News, Recent Posts, Security

With the start of a new year and academic term, there is no doubt this is a very busy time of year for many members of our research and education community. The EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and REN-ISAC partnership has several updates since our last blog

We continue to meet monthly, coordinate our activities and share what we’re working on with the community. We also continue to participate in each other’s working groups or advisory boards to facilitate coordination across the higher education community. 

In 2018, we presented at the Internet2 Technology Exchange event as well as the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference, where we received valuable feedback about our collaboration. Moving forward, we’ve committed to sharing how we collaborate and coordinate our engagements with the higher education information security community more frequently. 

During our monthly calls, we discuss major projects, new resources, organizational updates, and future plans. Some of the efforts we’ve shared recently include: 

A few of the projects we've collaborated on include a blog post for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with the National Cybersecurity Alliance on MFA usage in higher education; a white paper on cybersecurity for registrars and enrollment managers written in partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse; a survey of the REN-ISAC community on their usage of SIEM’s; and discussions on the topic of compromised accounts in higher education. 

We also coordinated efforts on the HECVAT community resource by providing staff support to the campuses participating in the working group. As part of this effort, we are presenting an update from the HECVAT working group in an upcoming session at the 2019 Internet2 Global Summit on March 7 at 8:45 a.m. ET. This update will share what the working group accomplished in 2018 as well as proposed plans this year. As part of this presentation, we would like to get your feedback on the HECVAT and how we can improve engagement with the community to encourage broad adoption of this tool.

We’re also co-presenting a second session at the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference on May 15 at 1 p.m. CT. We look forward to engaging with you and hearing your feedback and thoughts in person. 

You can also contact us at security-council@educause.edu. Vendors who would like to learn more can contact HECVAT@ren-isac.net.