VA SCAN Receives Educause Award

Posted: August 17, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking (VA SCAN), a voluntary consortium that includes participants from George Mason, James Madison University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech, has won the Educause Award for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions. Educause, a nonprofit association of 1,900 higher education institutions, promotes the intelligent use of information technology. The award will be presented at the 2005 Educause national conference in October.

Cathy Hubbs, IT security coordinator, is an active participant in VA SCAN and will attend the conference to accept the award on behalf of George Mason. Mason’s Center for Secure Information Systems, James Madison’s Commonwealth Information Security Center, and the joint Mason/Madison Critical Infrastructure Protection Program also provide resources.

VA SCAN has been providing security information and resources to other universities throughout the commonwealth since March 2003. These free benefits include an “ask the expert” e-mail service, on-site consulting, a web-based security toolkit, a self-assessment checklist, and information sharing meetings and workshops.

VA SCAN was previously recognized with a 2003 Governor’s Technology Award, and Hubbs and other VA SCAN colleagues presented an overview of the collaboration at a session of the 2003 Educause annual conference.

An Educause press release says VA SCAN is “an excellent example of sharing best practices, tools, and personnel,” and “the alliance brings together Virginia higher education security practitioners, who have developed and maintain widely emulated operational security programs, with researchers responsible for creating cyber security instruction and research programs that are nationally recognized for excellence.”

According to the Educause award selection committee, “This alliance offers a model for resource sharing and collaborative problem solving and clearly addresses a critical issue with foresight and pragmatism.”

Find out more about VA SCAN at the web site.

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