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Threat Intelligence for Research and Education

Mar 31, 2015, by Nick Lewis
Tags: Internet2 NET+

Information security is a critical area across the globe today, including in the research and education (R&E) community, and is especially important with regard to cloud services. Accordingly, new cybersecurity initiatives are well underway to help members evaluate and prioritize risks. In coordination with Paul Howell, Internet2 Chief Cyberinfrastructure Security Officer, and leaders in the higher education information security community, the Internet2 NET+ team is actively facilitating campus development of new NET+ programs in the security space. These programs and eventual solutions are envisioned to feature the same value and benefit of current solutions offered through the NET+ initiative.

Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions is a threat intelligence service provider who recently approached Internet2 with a prospective NET+ offering for the higher education community. Fidelis will be holding a webinar: Examining The Cybersecurity Challenges Facing The Education Sector, on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT. R&E community members are encouraged to attend to learn more about this potential offering and evaluate the possibility of the solution being sponsored for NET+ Service Validation.

Threat intelligence is a technology that can be used to prioritize implementation of security controls and detect attacks. Fidelis has an interesting solution in this area that could potentially benefit the higher ed community broadly due to the difficulties around hiring and retaining qualified information security staff and the role of hacking/malware in higher ed data breaches. Using a threat intelligence service can augment your team’s capabilities without needing to hire more staff. It can also identify attacks faster to improve response and identify what security controls need to be implemented to stop and prevent future attacks.

There are many other potential service providers in this space that may be of interest or may already be in use on your campuses—which could be enhanced through NET+ Service Validation and also benefit peer institutions when developed at community cloud scale. If your institution is interested in threat intelligence or is already using a threat intelligence service provider, please contact me to suggest future opportunities to share and evaluate possible solutions that can benefit the broader community. Feedback is also welcome on how to best leverage the NET+ initiative and community efforts to reduce information security risks on campuses most effectively.

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