InfoSec Task Force
The EUNIS InfoSec Task Force will focus on the current challenges of the information security field. The changing threat landscape of academic IT as well as the recently renewed privacy legislation present new challenges for many higher education organizations. The InfoSec Task Force aims to share knowledge about information security development and compliance, as well as solutions to support the implementation of the GDPR from the information security point-of-view.
The implementation of information security measures supporting the GDPR has to be done in the next year. Also, the overall co-operation on the IT security topics would benefit many member organizations since the change in threat landscape requires more proactive and advanced countermeasures.
At the EUNIS 2017 congress, one of the tracks is titled “ICT infrastructure & Security”. InfoSec Task Force aims to continue the work started in the main conference by working with some of the most interesting topics with IT security professionals from member organizations.
Purpose and Objectives
The objectives of the InfoSec Task Force are to
- discuss the higher education information security and privacy challenges and present and share ways of solving those challenges
- share knowledge on topical information security threats, countermeasures as well as technical solutions
- support GDPR implementation on the information security side
- follow up on the threat landscape as well as the development of new privacy legislation
- build a network of higher education information security and Data Protection professionals
The Task Force aims to present a forum for information security professionals as well as data protection experts in order to build a strong network – one that both sides of expertise can find beneficial.
Current and future Activities
As a start of this InfoSec Task Force a workshop on Data Protection and IT security was organized in Berlin, in April 2017. We reached around thirty IT security and Data Protection professionals around Europe and presented high-level speakers about GDPR.
Also as a background work a presentation on The Threat Landscape in Academic IT From an IT Security Professional’s Point of View will be given by Kenneth Kahri at the EUNIS 2017 Congress.
The next steps are to gather the members for the Task Force and building a plan for the following year. One of the previously planned activities is to organize a follow-up workshop in the end of 2017.
The Leader of the InfoSec TF is Anne Hintzell fron the University of Helsinki, Finland.