Welcome to 2021 Orientation for Higher Ed Information Security and Privacy

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By Nick Lewis, Internet2 Program Manager

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By the time you read this, new students on campus will have moved in and gone to their orientations, staff will be starting the semester, and research will be working around the clock like normal. 

We know how to welcome people into our campus communities, building strong, diverse, and inclusive communities. We’ve also learned how to engage with – and secure – those students, faculty, and staff that are remote. But we also want to take a moment to welcome colleagues into the higher education information security and privacy community as the academic year begins. 

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, EDUCAUSE, the REN-ISAC, and Internet2 are co-hosting an orientation panel welcoming new (and returning) colleagues to the information security and privacy community and to learn about available resources. Join us on September 29th at 2 p.m. ET for this hour-long virtual event.


We’ll talk with the panelists about the information security and privacy community, opportunities to engage, how to grow your networks, and how the community engagement directly benefits you and your campus. This is your opportunity to find out how to fully leverage resources within the information security and privacy community. Come with your questions! 

Featured panelists include:

  • Mike Mays, Associate Director of Identity and Access Management, University of Delaware 
  • Ashley Valentijn, Senior Cybersecurity Engineer, University of Illinois
  • Zarmeena Waseem, Director Cyber Security Education, National Cyber Security Alliance
  • Cheryl Washington, Chief Information Security Officer, University of California, Davis

The virtual event will be co-moderated by:

  • Brian Kelly, Director, Cybersecurity Program, EDUCAUSE
  • Nick Lewis, Program Manager, NET+ Cloud Services – Security and Identity, Internet2
  • Kim Milford, Executive Director, REN-ISAC

While registering, please take the opportunity to share questions about the community or favorite information security and privacy community groups. Please share this invitation with the new and returning information and security professionals on your campus who may be interested in community activities.