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Security Mailing Lists for Academia
For most of us involved in security in academia, this story is old old news.  But I am going to do it anyway for those new to sometimes hectic world of security on a college or university campus.

There are 2 major mailing lists that are the primary resources for security discussions in this microcosm: Unisog and Educase Security.

First is the Unisog mailing list.  Unisog stands for UNIversity Security Operations Group, and this group was created out of  excellent discussions ocurring after hours or in the hallways at a SANS conference (correct me Unisogers if it was another conference).  It has been around for a number of years and has some very knowledgeable people involved and is usually more technical in nature.  For more information on this mailing list, please see Unisog mailing list information located at lists.sans.org.

Second is the Educause Security Discussion Group.  Educause was formed in the late 1990s by two professional associations with a mission to advance academia by promoting the intelligent use of IT.  A few years back, Educause formed an IT security discussion group to promote awareness, security solutions, effective practices and in general discussion for those in higher education.  In general, I see a policy and administrative level discussion on this list.  This is a great resource to see what your peer institutes are doing, and not have to re-invent the wheel on the more upper level details.  For more information on this mailing list, please see the Educase Security Discussion Group information.

In general, both of these mailing lists are an excellent resources.  There is no reason that those of us that work in the university community have to "re-invent the wheel" on any of our projects no matter if it is technical or administrative in nature.

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Scott Fendley
Handler on Duty
University of Arkansas
ScottF

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