I wanted to alert the CIO's on this list to the availability of a Discussion Forum
(http://www.educause.edu/security/national-strategy/discussion.asp) developed to collect comments and encourage discussion regarding
the proposals contained in the draft "National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace" announced by The White House last week. The
EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force has been participated in the process and submitted a "Higher Education
Contribution" this past July. More information about the draft National Strategy is available at www.educause.edu/security/national-strategy
I encourage you to review the recommendations and items identified for further discussion and debate in the draft National Strategy as
many of them directly concern the role of the CIO and could impact your institution. For example, the draft National Strategy contains the
following conclusions and questions:
Colleges and universities should consider establishing together model guidelines empowering Chief Information Officers (CIO's) to
address cybersecurity. What are the merits of adopting a model set of authorities for Institution of Higher Education CIO's, the academic
institution, and the nation?
Each college and university should consider establishing a point-of-contact, reachable at all times, to Internet service providers (ISPs) and
law enforcement officials in the event that the school's IT systems are discovered to be launching cyber attacks.
Should consideration be given to tying State or Federal funding to Institutions of Higher Education to compliance with certain cybersecurity
The Security Task Force would appreciate it if you would take the time to post your views on these and other topics contained in the
Discussion Forum (http://www.educause.edu/security/national-strategy/discussion.asp) set up for this purpose. Additionally, we invite your
participation during one of the following events scheduled for EDUCAUSE2002 in Atlanta:
-CIO Constituent Group Meeting - Facilitated Discussion on "Information Security From The CIO's Perspective", October 1st, 2:45-4:00 p.m.
-Panel Presentation: Information Sharing To Improve IT Security, October 2nd, 11:40 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
-Security Task Force Open Meeting, October 3rd, 12:30-2:05 p.m.
-Current Issues Roundtable on Security, October 3rd, 4:55-6:10 p.m.
Security Task Force Coordinator
Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/memdir/cg/.