Computer security is one of the foremost concerns of the College of Letters & Science. L&S Learning Support Services offers a variety of security services.
LSS TechZone security
The LSS TechZone supports desktop computers and servers in approximately 23 L&S departments. Workstations in TechZone-managed departments are monitored continuously for viruses and malware, patched bi-weekly, and scanned for restricted data each semester. We use campus-provided software to keep the computers compliant with campus IT policies, and safe from intrusion. To contact TechZone staff, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
L&S Security Consulting
A security consultant is available to all L&S departments, centers and institutes for:
- reviewing software solutions and current practices in the College of Letters & Science.
- answering questions about restricted and sensitive data handling.
- providing security presentations for your group or department.
- assisting with digital intrusions and incidents.
- acting as a liaison with the Office of Cybersecurity.
L&S Risk Review
Campus policy requires management of risk to UW data. For this reason, the College of Letters & Science requires a risk review for the purchase of products or services that will store or consume UW data. The risk review identifies the type of data involved and looks at some basic risk criteria. The risk review should be completed as part of your product/service evaluation to make sure that there aren’t any security issues. Fill out the review intake form and the security consultant will be in touch.
- If the risk review shows low risk, a statement of risk is provided to the requestor, L&S Purchasing, and L&S Administration.
- If the criteria call for a deeper evaluation of the product, a risk assessment is requested from the Office of Cybersecurity. The assessment can take between 2 and 6 weeks to complete.
Campus IT policies
These are the top policies that apply to all faculty and staff:
- Keeping computing devices fully patched and up-to-date (Electronic Devices Policy)
- Using strong passwords (Password Policy and Standard)
- Securing passwords and using resources in an appropriate manner (UW System – Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources (on wisconsin.edu))
- Using web conferencing in a secure and legal manner (UW–Madison Web Conferencing Technology Use Policy)
- Using good data management to eliminate and/or protect sensitive and restricted data. (Institutional Data Policy, Handling Sensitive UW Data)
If you need assistance with security or policy questions or plans, contact the L&S Information Security Officer, Sue Weier, at email@example.com.