First Higher Ed-Focused ISAC Established

Brian Reilly reillyb at
Tue Feb 25 18:16:51 GMT 2003

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>From educause at EDUCAUSE.EDU Tue Feb 25 13:12:51 2003
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 11:01:47 -0700
From: EDUCAUSE <educause at EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Reply-To: educause-reps-request at EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: First Higher Ed-Focused ISAC Established


Dear EDUCAUSE Primary Representative:

I am pleased to inform you that the first higher education-focused
Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) has been established
by Indiana University through an agreement with the National
Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC). The White House's recent
release of The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace
<> calls for
establishing ISACs to facilitate communication, develop best
practices, and disseminate security-related information.

The Research and Education Network Information and Sharing Analysis
Center (REN-ISAC), operated by Indiana University, will focus on the
high-performance network infrastructure dedicated to research and
education. The NIPC brings together representatives from U.S.
government agencies, state and local governments, and the private
sector in a partnership to protect critical infrastructures.
This particular agreement will develop an expanded set of security
services, including proactive security monitoring, assessment,
and reporting for the Internet2 community and Abilene network-
connected sites.

The REN-ISAC is an important step in advancing the framework to
improve information technology security at colleges and universities
developed last year by the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network
Security Task Force <>. Endorsed by
leading national organizations for higher education, the five-point
action framework includes raising the level of collaboration among
higher education, industry, and government, and integrating the work
of higher education into the broader national effort to strengthen
critical infrastructure.

EDUCAUSE endorses the REN-ISAC for advanced network users as an
important first step in translating principles of the cybersecurity
framework into action for the higher education community. The
Security Task Force will be developing additional resources and
action plans to improve the security of all campuses' information
and network environments.

To read the REN-ISAC announcement, copy and paste the following URL
into your browser:


Mark Luker
EDUCAUSE Vice President

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher
education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

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