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Last reviewed: September 2017

The Higher Education Information Security Council is pleased to present this compilation of cybersecurity awareness resources for colleges and universities. We hope that you will find them useful in your efforts to raise awareness within your community. If you would like to contribute additional materials to this library, please contact us.

Getting Started

Raising the information security consciousness of our students, faculty, and staff is a difficult challenge that must be met in order to successfully achieve our information security goals. The resources in this section provide an overview of how to get started in establishing a security awareness program at your institution.

Higher Education Resources

The resources contained in this section are an effort to compile materials that have been created by colleges and universities for use at individual institutions. It is our hope that you will be able to adapt the materials for use at your institution or that the creativity behind these resources will inspire you to develop your own original materials.

  • Missouri State University Information Security Bookmarks - Front and Back (2011) *Note: These were printed on 100% recycled paper. The goal was to have bookmarks available on a security table in the Student Union and to have the Bookstore insert one in books purchased during the month of October.
Business Cards
  • Purdue University "Security Alert" Cards (2012): These cards are left by the security team while someone is away from their computer, phone, or belongings. The card alerts the user that their behavior put them at risk for someone else to steal their computer or identity. Tips to protect your identity and data are also included.
  • University of California, Berkeley "Mobile Phone" Cards (2013): These cards should be printed on paper about the same size as a typical smart phone and handed out as a reminder about device safety and privacy.
  • Wellesley College "Security Gnome" Cards (2014): Library and Technology student workers acted as "Security Gnomes." The student workers patrolled the public spaces looking for unattended laptops and mobile devices, and left security alert cards with helpful security resources. When they found someone practicing good physical security for their belongings, they left behind a 3-D printed security gnome.
Campaigns - Online or Print
  • Dartmouth Security Awareness Cartoons (created in collaboration with a local artist, Gabby Schultz at the Center for Cartoon Studies) (info) Note: These cartoons can be printed as posters, sent as e-mails, posted on websites, and published in local newspapers.
    • PDF or JPG versions are available for 5 cartoons: Sam Gets His Laptop Stolen; Sam's Password Heartache; Sam Walks the Copyright Plank; Sam Beams Up a Virus; Ho Ho, Oh No
Desktop Backgrounds
Digital Messaging Screens

Some campus IT or Information Security departments create their own Facebook page to share updates, provide tips, and connect with users. Here are a few examples. HEISC is also on Facebook.

Games & Quizzes
  • Florida State University: Be a Cyberhero! Game (2016)
  • Georgetown's Jeopardy Game (2011): This PowerPoint presentation includes the game questions used during an "Information Security Jeopardy!" game for faculty and staff. This game provided a chance to discuss the policies relevant to information security, as well as other security topics. You are welcome to reuse and customize the slides for your institution's faculty, staff and/or students.
  • Naval Postgraduate School CyberCIEGE Educational Video Game (2010): CyberCIEGE is a serious game designed to teach network security concepts. Its development was sponsored by the U.S. Navy, and it is used as an education and training tool by agencies of the U.S. government, universities, community colleges, and high schools. The game is freely available to the U.S. Government and a no-cost license is available for educational institutions.
  • University of Rochester Zombie Survival Game (2013)
  • University of Toronto: Patch vs. the Nefarious Code game (2017)
Giveaways & Tchotchkes
Movie Screenings
  • HEISC is gathering security awareness materials and other information security resources on our Pinterest boards.
  • University of British Columbia Digital Tattoo Project: The goal of the Digital Tattoo project and its website is to share resources to encourage you to think about your presence online, navigate the issues involved in forming and re-forming your digital identity and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen.
Table Tents
Tip Sheets
Training & Tutorials

Some campus IT or Information Security departments create their own Twitter page to share updates, provide tips, and connect with users. Here are a few examples. Let @HEISCouncil know if we should follow your campus or add a link here!


Government Resources

Federal, state, and local governments also offer information security awareness resources. The following resources are samples developed for government audiences that you may want to consult as you develop materials for your campus.

Industry Resources

In addition to resources developed by institutions of higher education, the providers of IT products and services increasingly offer security awareness to end-users. Below is a sample of some of the cybersecurity awareness resources available from industry.

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