The EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force held an invitational, NSF-sponsored workshop at Columbia University in August 2002. Based on research into principles articulated by a variety of academic groups and statements by invited experts, the group proposed that higher education's efforts to improve computer and network security be guided by a set of six principles:
â€¢ civility and community
â€¢ academic and intellectual freedom
â€¢ privacy and confidentiality
â€¢ equity, diversity, and access
â€¢ fairness and process
â€¢ ethics, integrity, and responsibility
The authors recognize that these principles are broad; each institution must ultimately determine the principles that are most relevant and valued by its own community. This set of principles is intended to serve as a starting point for campus discussions about computer and network security. The higher education community is invited to provide suggestions and changes to this document.