Programs and Tracks

This year's theme is Transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all industries and sectors, and higher education information security is no exception. As we enter 2021, we will look to restore, evolve, and transform in ways we may not have imagined but need to consider. Once we reach the other side of the pandemic, what role will information security and privacy play in the recovery ahead? How can we manage transformation within the community to achieve our mission and reach new heights?

Program Tracks

Awareness, training, education, and communications are key components of successful information security and privacy programs. How do we build mature (and replicable) security and privacy awareness programs that help educate faculty, staff, and students?

Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) issues increasingly pervade higher education information technology. This track will provide examples for the leadership, organization, and operation of an institution's GRC programs.

How is your campus approaching the establishment of user identities and enforcing rules about access to digital resources? This track will explore two-factor authentication (2FA), multifactor authentication (MFA), and single sign-on trends and solutions for managing and securing identities.

No matter the extent of our defenses, it is inevitable that Information security incidents will occur. For this reason, establishing, periodically assessing, and continually improving incident management processes and capabilities are very important to our community.

Today's information security and privacy leaders must be resilient and visionary. To thrive in today's fast-paced environment, leaders at all levels of the organization, from the CISO or CPO to the analyst or engineer, must embrace everyday challenges while strategically planning for the future.

Colleges and universities encounter thorny autonomy and information privacy issues every day, and it’s imperative we know how to address them. We will focus on privacy issues and challenges, as well as privacy issues related to ethics, surveillance, analytics, big data, compliance, and policies in higher education.

Share practices that your campus is using to prevent, detect, assess, monitor, and respond to cybersecurity threats and incidents. Or share architecture strategies for information security controls and safeguards that are being implemented to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of institutional data.


Virtual Session Experience

The online event will include live sessions, recorded presentations, in-depth trainings, and ways to connect with higher education teaching and learning professionals and solutions providers.

  • Live Sessions

    Live Sessions

    Watch the virtual presentations while chatting live with presenters and attendees. Make sure you tune in to be inspired by institutional and industry leaders.

  • On-Demand Sessions

    On-Demand Presentations

    All sessions will be recorded and available so you can stay up-to-date on your own time.

  • Trainings


    Participate in in-depth trainings to help you learn more about innovative products and services.


Networking Opportunities

  • Braindate
  • Braindate

    Virtual braindates are one-on-one or small group knowledge-sharing conversations that you book with other conference participants using the Braindate platform. They're the best way to meet with, learn from, and have useful discussions with new people during the conference—all on the topics that interest you. More information coming soon!

  • Fun Activities
  • Fun Activities

    Attending the Cybersecurity and Privacy Professionals Conference is about having fun. We hope you'll take time to join us for some fun and games with your fellow attendees. More information coming soon!