Cyber Incidents

Acts of cyberwarfare, cyberterrorism, and cybercrime threaten the integrity of the virtual world, which houses many of the nation’s most essential financial, communications, information, and security systems. IHEs should use these resources to protect their cyberspace against potential data breaches and to prepare for cyber intrusions that may result in failures of physical infrastructure.

The resources in this section provide useful information related to Cyber Incidents. The resources are organized according to the relevant Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mission Area within each category:

Data Breach

A data breach includes any situation in which a person, organization, or agency gains unauthorized or illegal access to personal, sensitive, or confidential information. These resources serve to improve cybersecurity systems and practices in order to protect the privacy and security of students, faculty, and staff.

Preparedness (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation)

  • Prevention: This mission area focuses on the ability to avoid, prevent, or stop an imminent threat.
  • Protection: This mission area focuses on the ability to secure and protect a community against a variety of threats and hazards.
  • Mitigation: This mission area focuses on the ability to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of a disaster.

Information Security Asset Risk Levels
This resource provides CAL POLY's Information Security website and contains Information Security Asset Risk Level Definitions.

Response

This mission area focuses on the ability to save lives, protect property and the environment, as well as meet the basic needs of a community during a disaster.

University Responses to Breach of Data Security
This document provides an overview of best practices for universities when responding to a breach of data security.

Recovery

This mission area focuses on the ability to assist communities in recovering effectively following a disaster.

Please see the "All"  category for resources that encompass the Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mission Areas.

All

Resources that fall into the "All" category contain useful information and guidance that is relevant to all FEMA Mission Areas.

Student Privacy 101
This website connects users with a variety of Department of Education resources for protecting student privacy.

Physical Infrastructure Failure

U.S. critical infrastructure includes all physical and virtual assets, systems, and networks which underpin national and economic security as well as public health and safety. A cyber-induced physical infrastructure failure could disable multiple essential functions, isolating academic communities and restricting their access to energy, food, clean water, and other emergency services. These resources serve to prepare IHEs for physical infrastructure failures and mitigate the subsequent loss of life and property.

Preparedness (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation)

  • Prevention: This mission area focuses on the ability to avoid, prevent, or stop an imminent threat.
  • Protection: This mission area focuses on the ability to secure and protect a community against a variety of threats and hazards.
  • Mitigation: This mission area focuses on the ability to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of a disaster.

Please see the "All"  category for resources that encompass the Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mission Areas.

Response

This mission area focuses on the ability to save lives, protect property and the environment, as well as meet the basic needs of a community during a disaster.

Please see the "All"  category for resources that encompass the Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mission Areas.

Recovery

This mission area focuses on the ability to assist communities in recovering effectively following a disaster.

Please see the "All"  category for resources that encompass the Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mission Areas.

All

Resources that fall into the "All" category contain useful information and guidance that is relevant to all FEMA Mission Areas.

The Future of Smart Cities: Cyber-Physical Infrastructure Risk
This report, developed by the DHS Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, discusses emerging risks to critical infrastructure, to include cyber threats and hazards.

Securing Cyber Assets: Addressing Urgent Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure
This document details lessons learned and best practices to protect critical infrastructure against cyber attacks.

Disaster Resilience Framework: Dependencies and Cascading Effects
This report provides an overview of infrastructure system dependencies and potential cascading effects that could occur following disruptions.

All (Cyber Incidents)

Preparedness (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation)

  • Prevention: This mission area focuses on the ability to avoid, prevent, or stop an imminent threat.
  • Protection: This mission area focuses on the ability to secure and protect a community against a variety of threats and hazards.
  • Mitigation: This mission area focuses on the ability to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of a disaster.

EDUCAUSE
EDUCAUSE® is a higher education technology association and the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.

EDUCAUSE Electronic Record Management Toolkit
This resource, created by the Members of the Higher Education Information Security Council, is an Electronic Records Management Toolkit to provide a practical set of resources that will assist members of the higher education community in addressing related issues of electronic records management, e-discovery, and data retention on their own campuses.

Stop. Think. Connect
The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

Cyber Resilience Reviews
This resource provides information regarding the Cyber Resilience Review (CRR), a no-cost, voluntary, non-technical assessment to evaluate an organization's operational resilience and cybersecurity practices. This site is provided by DHS' United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

Assessment Program Overview
This resource provides an overview of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Assessment Program.

Cyber Security Planning Guide
The Federal Communications Commission's Cyber Security Planning Guide is a tool for small businesses to create customized cyber security planning.

Central Security Initiatives
This website contains information on UC Davis' Central Security Initiative which began in 2012. 

Workplace Security Awareness
This online course provides guidance to individuals and organizations on how to improve the security in the workplace.

Tips from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) 
This webpage offers tips and resources for improving cybersecurity. 

Response

This mission area focuses on the ability to save lives, protect property and the environment, as well as meet the basic needs of a community during a disaster.

Please see the "All"  category for resources that encompass the Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mission Areas.

Recovery

This mission area focuses on the ability to assist communities in recovering effectively following a disaster.

Please see the "All"  category for resources that encompass the Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mission Areas.

All

Resources that fall into the "All" category contain useful information and guidance that is relevant to all FEMA Mission Areas.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
US-CERT strives for a safer, stronger Internet for all Americans by responding to major incidents, analyzing threats, and exchanging critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners around the world.

Cyber Resilience -  Higher Education Security and Readiness
This resource discusses critical components of IHE cyber resilience.

Cybersecurity
This webpage offers tips for the prevention and detection of cyberthreats and describes appropriate responses to a cyber security incident. 

National Cyber Incident Response Plan
This report, developed by DHS, aims to provide a strategic framework for how to prepare for, respond to, and recovery from cyber incidents.

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Last Published Date: May 4, 2018

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