Workshops

2019 Blended Threat Resilience Workshop Series

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REN-ISAC is proud to offer six blended-threat, discussion-based workshops to the higher education community. Like last year, the workshop scenario is focused on physical security, with the subject of this year's scenario being a measles outbreak. There is also a significant cyber component impacting university data to emphasize an enterprise approach to risk management. The scenario for these workshops has been custom-made for REN-ISAC and offers a unique, and realistic, blend of physical and cyber threats for participants to consider. The workshops will be professionally facilitated. Each of the participants will receive a copy of the final report, and a summary report will be made available to the entire community.

All in higher education are welcome to attend, not just those from REN-ISAC member institutions. We expect exercise participants to represent health care, physical security, emergency management, information technology and security, and other subject matter experts. Here are the dates and locations confirmed for 2019:

May 29, 2019: Hosted at University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA
July 9, 2019: Hosted at Purdue University at Ft. Wayne in Ft. Wayne, IN
October 4, 2019: Hosted by Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH
October 8, 2019: Hosted by Northwest Academic Computer Consortium in Portland, OR
November 5, 2019: Hosted by Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX
November 21, 2019: Hosted at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD

As more details are confirmed, we will update this page. Stay tuned!

2018 Workshop Findings

In 2018, REN-ISAC facilitated six Blended Threat Resilience Workshops that posed real-world scenarios for both physical and cyber threats caused by a controversial speaker presenting on a university campus. Use our 2018 Final Findings Report to discover the best practices, areas of improvement, and challenges discovered during last year's workshops, as well as actionable suggestions for improving your institution’s security posture.

Read 2018 Report