Cyber Safety

What kind of cyber security incidents should my higher education institution be prepared for?

The below fact sheets and webinars discuss cyber security concerns that colleges and universities should be aware of and the initial steps they can take to be prepared.

How can my institution ensure we are prepared for a cyber-security attack?

Colleges and universities should meet with their Chief Information Officer and security teams regularly to review new and existing systems for data security. Cyber safety should be included in emergency operations plans and should be part of regular exercises to ensure plans are operational and adjustments can be made.

Emergency Exercises

Conducting exercises is an integral part of school safety and is one of the most effective ways to evaluate the EOP and emergency procedures. The more a plan is practiced and tested and the more stakeholders are trained on the plan, the more effectively the whole school community will act before, during, and after an emergency to lessen the impact on life and property. The exercise continuum (e.g., tabletops, simulations, drills) provides opportunities to practice with community partners, validate courses of action, and identify any gaps and weaknesses in the plan.

Not only do exercises promote school and community preparedness, but they also help develop and foster effective relationships with community partners, clarify the roles and responsibilities of school staff and community partners, assess the availability of resources and capabilities to respond to emergencies, and identify areas in need of improvement.

Cyber Security Exercise Resource List

Below are some exercise resources from the REMS TA Center and the US Department of Homeland Security related to higher education cyber-safety.

Tool Box | REMS TA Center. Access tools developed by school and higher ed emergency managers across the country via this virtual library:

National Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education | U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read situation manuals and summary reports of tabletop exercises for institutions of higher education that took place on campuses in Utah and Indiana.