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10th Annual “Safer Internet Day” Now Involves Over 100 Countries, And Google Is Ready

10th Annual “Safer Internet Day” Now Involves Over 100 Countries, And Google Is Ready | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

[February 5] is the 10th annual “Safer Internet Day” celebration in more than 100 countries on six continents. The idea is that you’re supposed to take a step back and think about how you can do a better job of keeping your private information more secure and keep yourself and your loved ones safe while surfing the web.

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$2.75 Million for Researchers as Part of New ‘Swarm’ Computing Center

$2.75 Million for Researchers as Part of New ‘Swarm’ Computing Center | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are participating in a massive, interdisciplinary collaboration known as the TerraSwarm Research Center, which will study the potential applications—and risks—of “swarm-based” computing and robotics.

 

“Connecting sensors and actuators to the cloud is like giving our cyber world eyes, ears, hands and feet,” said Dr. Edward A. Lee, the center’s director. “We can use these capabilities to provide large-scale services like better traffic control, energy efficiency and emergency response, not to mention improvements in quality of life. But these services must come with assurances of safety, security and privacy, a far-from-trivial challenge.”

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RSA Betting its Future on Big Data & Security

RSA Betting its Future on Big Data & Security | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

RSA, the security division of EMC, is looking to big data for the future of security, arguing that applying analytics to massive amounts of data related to users, their devices and network management will be increasingly important to detect fraud and cyberattacks.

 

"Within the next two years, we predict big data analytics will disrupt the status quo in most information security product segments, including SIEM [security information and event management]; network monitoring; user authentication and authorization; identity management; fraud detection; and governance, risk & compliance," the paper states. It goes on to say that within three years, data analytic tools will have evolved to enable a range of "advanced predictive capabilities and automated real-time controls." These, in theory, will form the basis of protecting against fraud and stealthy cyberattacks aimed at stealing critical information.

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Kevin Croft's curator insight, March 28, 2014 8:56 AM

Stating as there is a need for big data, there a need of security more than just firewalls or other security gear.  the future will need something better to protect all the information

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Privacy & data management on mobile devices [infographic]

Privacy & data management on mobile devices [infographic] | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

High-tech solutions come with high-tech problems, and one of the issues we face these days is that it’s not just a driver’s license and a few credit cards that go missing when we lose what used to be the most valuable thing in our pocket, but the world we’ve downloaded onto our smartphones, which offers a jackpot of personal information.

 

This infographic from BackgroundCheck.org takes a closer look at how we manage our personal information as well as what we do to protect it when we go mobile, and may give you some good ideas of precautions to take in the future.

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5 places your data goes to hide

5 places your data goes to hide | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it
From autosaved spreadsheets to test systems using real data -- CISOs warn of five oft-overlooked sources of data leaks
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BYOD and Consumerization of IT in Higher Education Research, 2013

BYOD and Consumerization of IT in Higher Education Research, 2013 | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

The consumerization of information technology refers to the phenomenon where technology emerges from the consumer market and spreads into an organizational environment. The mix of technology includes collaboration tools, cloud computing, and mobile devices. While not a new experience for higher education, the boundaries between institutionally-provisioned IT and personally-provisioned IT are becoming more porous. Expanded user-provisioned technology brings with it both opportunity and challenge, and this ECAR study explores the implications for IT infrastructure, planning and governance, security and compliance, support strategies, teaching and learning, and budget.


Via Stephen diFilipo, Higher Ed InfoSec Council
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Stephen diFilipo's curator insight, January 11, 2013 12:56 PM

Mobility is prolific and devices are pervasive...


check out the publicly available Research Preview... 
http://bit.ly/RKfYMK

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Cloud Security Debate: Cloud Now or Cloud How?

Cloud Security Debate: Cloud Now or Cloud How? | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

During the often-fiery 2012 presidential debate season, a lively debate of a different sort held at Indiana University(IU) featured passionate arguments on the nature, status, and future of cloud security in and beyond the higher education environs. Moderated by Brad Wheeler, IU's vice president for IT and CIO, the debate featured two figures characterized by Wheeler as symbolic leaders of the "Cloud Now" and "Cloud How" parties... 


Following are highlights of the Shel Waggener–Fred Cate debate, including salient points, key quotes, and a bit of the color and passion that permeated the sometimes sprawling and always interesting discussion.A full, unabridged transcript is also available.

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12 Security (and Privacy) Resolutions for 2013

12 Security (and Privacy) Resolutions for 2013 | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Among your typical New Year's resolutions--lose weight, stop smoking, be happier--you should consider making some pledges to better secure your digital life. You might even be healthier if you can prevent the stress of a digital disaster, like malware wiping out your PC, having your online accounts hacked, or becoming a victim of identify theft because of a phishing scam or data theft. With that in mind, here are some security resolutions you should consider for the new year.

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Security in 2013 to Bring the Rise of Mobile Malware and Fall of Hacktivism

Security in 2013 to Bring the Rise of Mobile Malware and Fall of Hacktivism | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it
McAfee makes some predictions about what to expect and trends to watch for security in 2013.
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BYOD keeps expanding, and IT just has to deal with it

BYOD keeps expanding, and IT just has to deal with it | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

The debates about whether the BYOD (bring your own device) trend makes economic and security sense for enterprises raged on during 2012, and will continue through 2013 and beyond.

 

But the reality is that BYOD is expanding, not only because of the number of employees doing it, but also because the kinds of devices are expanding as well. Instead of just laptops and smartphones, there are now tablets and mini-tablets.

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Cloud security to be most disruptive technology of 2013

Cloud security to be most disruptive technology of 2013 | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

The Security for Business Innovation Council, comprised of IT security professionals from 19 companies worldwide, called cloud computing the main disruptive force for 2013. In its report, "Information Security Shake-Up," the group said it was evident many organizations are preparing to move more business processes to the cloud. This year, it will even be "mission-critical apps and regulated data" consigned to the cloud.

 

The Council, established several years ago to advise RSA, includes security professionals from Coca-Cola, eBay, FedEx, EMC, Fidelity Investments, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart, among several others.

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Facebook password laws go into effect in 5 states

Facebook password laws go into effect in 5 states | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Has your boss ever asked for your Facebook password? On a job interview, did the hiring manager request access to your Twitter account?

 

Well, good news: Starting tomorrow, employers are forbidden from demanding private information about social media activity from employees and job applicants in five states, where laws were passed last year prohibiting the practice.

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Top 12 IT Security Stories of 2012

Top 12 IT Security Stories of 2012 | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it
The holidays are nearly here and 2012 is on the way out. It's time to reflect on some of the most popular security stories and tips of the year as we prepare for 2013.
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Make Data Security Part of Your Routine (FTC blog)

Make Data Security Part of Your Routine (FTC blog) | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Yesterday was Data Privacy Day, and though it’s just one day a year, we hope you’ll make data security part of your regular routine.

Every day, you do things to protect what's most important to you — like locking your front door to prevent someone from breaking into your home. You can also take steps to protect your personal information from identity thieves — online and off — by adding some data privacy habits to your routine.

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Facebook Graph Search is an Awesome Tool for Phishing Attacks

Facebook Graph Search is an Awesome Tool for Phishing Attacks | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it
Graph Search makes it easier for cybercriminals to gather relevant details that can be used to target phishing attacks more effectively.
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Is Your Data Safe?

Is Your Data Safe? | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Online data use has the potential to impact Internet users’ reputations and safety. Many students underestimate the influence that their online presence can have on their reputations in everyday life, according to NDSU Chief Information Technology Security Officer Theresa Semmens.

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Bring Your Own Device And PCI Compliance

Bring Your Own Device And PCI Compliance | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Bring your own device or BYOD is all the latest rage. I believe that the reason for that exuberance is the consumerization of technology. It is that exuberance through BYOD that has made everyone an “IT expert.” Just ask any user of a smartphone or tablet and they will baffle you with vendor lingo regarding BYOD. However, regardless of what these people think, there is a big difference from consumer use and enterprise use, the first of which is security. In this post I am going to look at the minimum PCI DSS requirements BYOD will have to comply in order for your organization to maintain PCI compliance.

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Data Privacy Month Awareness Video, 2013

Data Privacy Month Awareness Video, 2013 | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

SANS and EDUCAUSE have developed a free privacy awareness video that colleges and universities can use during Data Privacy Month in January, and throughout the year, in their privacy education and training efforts. High and low resolution versions of the video are available.

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Data Privacy Month: Are You Smarter Than Your Phone?

Data Privacy Month: Are You Smarter Than Your Phone? | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Do you really want everyone to know you are out alone at midnight by "checking in" at your local donut shop? You are smarter than your phone if you use sound judgment about revealing your location. You’re smarter than your phone if you know you need to think critically about the sensitivity of the data you put on or access through your phone. Do you use your phone for banking, without password protecting the device? Your phone is happy to do it. But you are smarter than your phone if you protect it with a password. If you’re not thinking critically about what you do with your phone, we’ll help you think again!

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Higher Ed InfoSec Council's comment, January 10, 2013 1:35 PM
Webinar recording, slides, and chat transcript are now available from the January 9 EDUCAUSE Live! Data Privacy Month kickoff event with special guest, Rebecca Herold (the Privacy Professor).
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Predictions about higher ed technology in 2013 (essay)

Predictions about higher ed technology in 2013 (essay) | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

The year ahead will remain turbulent for universities and opportunistic for learners. The top 10 IT trends impacting the future of higher education in 2013 will enable more learning opportunities. The 10 trends outlined below will also afford those universities and colleges committed to reinvigoration an opportunity to leverage technology to advance university mission and the pursuit and re-dedication to relevance in the year ahead and well beyond.

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How to Get a Grip on Data With 'Information Superiority'

To make more efficient use of data and improve data protection, take a holistic approach to information governance—one that focuses attention on the most sensitive data while removing impediments to sharing.
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From Internet Uprisings to John McAfee: The Year in Privacy and Security

From Internet Uprisings to John McAfee: The Year in Privacy and Security | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it
From gun-toting, on-the-lam tech giants to flying drones and internet uprisings, these are the privacy and security stories that dominated Threat Level in 2012.
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Make a resolution: Kill your P@55W0RD policies


It has finally become hip not just to predict the demise of passwords, but to call for their elimination. The recent Wired article makes an eloquent case about the vulnerabilities that even "strong" passwords are subject to, such as social engineering and outright theft. And strength is, of course, relative and subject to degradation: The latest computer hardware can make short work of cracking more-complex secrets.

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How to talk security so people will listen (and comply!)

How to talk security so people will listen (and comply!) | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it
Sure you want users to comply with security edicts, but would you phish your own employees or share your company's hack history? At least some CIOs say yes.
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January 2013 is Data Privacy Month! Free Webinars and Easy Ways to Increase Awareness

January 2013 is Data Privacy Month! Free Webinars and Easy Ways to Increase Awareness | Higher Education & Information Security | Scoop.it

Data Privacy Month is an annual effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority. Spend the month helping to ensure your campus community is respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. This year’s Data Privacy Month Planning Task Force has selected weekly themes for the higher education community to focus on. Several free webinars will also be offered throughout the month of January.

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Higher Ed InfoSec Council's comment, December 21, 2012 2:17 PM
If you plan on holding a Data Privacy Month or Data Privacy Day event on your campus in January, please let us know! policy@educause.edu