It is almost time to head home and start packing for SOURCE Boston 2009. Together with Adam Dodge, I will be presenting on Wednesday in the business track. The title of our talk is Information Security in Higher Education: Baby steps. We think we have an interesting talk lined up.

What we'll be saying in 100 words is:

Many information security best practices are barely applicable in Higher
Education. Colleges are special places of learning, exploration and the open
exchange of information. Through intellectual discussion and organized
discourse, students and faculty convene to transfer knowledge and insight on
esteemed topics.

In this special environment, employees cannot be held accountable, network users are not employees, high-speed networks have few restrictions, and intellectual property is not owned by the organization.

We will discuss some of the challenges that we encountered in the first year after dedicated information security functions were created, and we will share some lessons that we learned.

While the title is fairly specific to higher education, I hope we'll be able to add some interesting insights for those of you who are not in higher ed.

If you are going to be at SOURCE, please drop me a line and we'll try to hook up!