February 2014

Digital Safety While on Vacation

By: UWPD IT Manager James Werner

PCWhile we all dream of disconnecting from the world during our long weekend getaways, days-long vacations, or on Spring Break, the reality is we will most likely pack and use smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices. We’ve included some safety tips and preparation considerations that we suggest you review before and during your trip to secure your data and devices.

First, ensure your devices require passwords when they boot, and that your laptop operating systems have strong passwords (view helpful tips from UW-Madison here). Also confirm that your laptop is running a firewall.  Make sure you also turn off file sharing and print sharing on your devices.  In addition, check for updates to your operating systems, applications and make sure your anti-virus/anti-malware software is up to date.

If you are travelling internationally and even think you might turn on your smartphone call your provider and discuss international voice and data packages. While this is not necessarily a security issue, it is a strong suggestion to save you unexpected costs. These plans are often inexpensive and will save you from possibly very high data costs. Resources from AT&T and Verizon offer great travel tips including how to turn off international data roaming and auto-receipt of email.

Personalize your devices so they are easily recognizable, and for laptops consider using a “This might be a bait laptop” sticker available from the UW-Madison Police Department. Personalization will allow you to spot your devices more quickly.

For secure connections back to UW-Madison, install and use WiscVPN. This is especially true if you will want to access your personal credit card or banking information as it adds an extra layer of protection against local network sniffing.

ValuablesDon’t forget to back up your data! Even ruggedized laptops can suffer drive failures during travel. Travel also increases the chances of spills, heat or cold damage and other environmental risks.  In addition, check your laptop for restricted or personally identifying information by using a tool such as Identityfinder (available free for University employees). This great tool will locate and help you either protect or eliminate data such as social security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers and many other account or identifying data.

Device location and tracking tools such as Find My iPhone (free from Apple) or Computrace LoJack (available for purchase from the DoIT TechStore) have proven useful in assisting law enforcement in recovering lost or stolen devices.

If you’re  traveling internationally be sure to check out the US Department of State travel website for any special security concerns regarding your destinations. This site also offers great travel planning advice.

Hotel-Safe-BoxWhile in transit or at your location, if you are not using your electronic devices lock them in a hotel room safe or in the trunk of your car (be sure to place them there before you get to your destination so nobody knows where you stashed your devices). At the airport don’t place your laptop and other electronic devices in the front of your possessions being scanned, place them in the middle so that you can keep an eye on them during the scanning and recovery process.

With the constant want or need to stay connected during travel protecting electronic devices such as laptops and smart phones requires plenty of planning and preparation. While many of the suggestions listed above may help keep you protected, the most important tool in securing your data and your devices is your own good common sense.

For more information see http://www.cio.wisc.edu/security-initiatives-preventTheft.aspx.

Safe travels!

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Know Your Way Out

By: Security Officer Timothy Slater, Emergency Management

The Occupant Emergency Plan (OEP) is designed to guide buildings occupants’ through various incidents. Because every scenario cannot be predicted, it is necessary to have a response plan that can be quickly adapted to events as they unfold. The overall building response needs to be quick, professional, supportive, and meet the changing demands of the situation.

Emergency ExitThe purpose of the OEP is to create a healthy and safe environment for building occupants, visitors and staff in a coordinated response for all emergencies. The OEP provides staff with the direction necessary to respond to any incident. It augments and adds building-specific information and procedures that are NOT available in UW-Madison’s Emergency Procedures Guide (flip guides), which are located in numerous offices throughout campus. Facility managers should continuously encourage building occupants to have a guide available and to periodically review it.

The OEP functions are:

  • – Provide a coordinated response to incidents occurring in the facility
  • – Provide particulars regarding what steps should be taken in the event of an emergency
  • – Identify specific routes of entry into and exit from the facility in response to emergencies
  • – Clearly designate assembly areas and shelter facilities where building occupants can gather to be accounted for
  • – Ensure that the appropriate university departments are notified

If an incident occurs within or adjacent to your facility, the Manager or designee is expected to provide a coordinated response to the incident and assist as outlined in the plan. They are expected to work with the UWPD and other agencies to resolve the issue at hand.

If you have additional questions about your facilities OEP, please contact your facility manager or email UWPD’s Emergency Management Unit.

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Be more than just a student, volunteer as an EMT!

By: Bill Curtis, Emergency Management Supervisor

Are you a licensed EMT and a student at UW-Madison? Use your skills to help your fellow students and the campus community! Consider joining the UWPD First Responders.

FirstRespondersArtThe UWPD First Responders is a student-run organization staffed by students of the university. The group strives to provide quality emergency medical services to the campus area on a volunteer basis while working closely with the UW-Madison Police and the City of Madison Fire Department. All members of the UWPD First Responders are licensed Emergency Medical Technicians and most are nationally registered through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The group provides services in the Police Center during UW Badger football games and on campus during weekend shifts. Because of the high percentage of intoxicated people processed through the Police Center, the EMTs working will assess the persons in custody to make sure there are no medical emergencies – many medical emergencies, especially diabetic emergencies, often imitate the behavior of an intoxicated subject. First Responders are also on call during the primetime hours of the “typical college festivities” – Friday and Saturday, 9PM to 3AM – to respond to medical emergencies on campus. The UWPD First Responders do not transport any of their patients, the City of Madison Fire-Rescue will respond if requested to transport the patient or if more advanced care is required.

Group members keep their skills sharp by training each month with their Medical Director, who also provides them with necessary medical updates. The UWPD First Responders also participates in full-scale emergency exercises to learn how large-scale emergency scenes operate.

For further information, please visit our website, or contact Bill Curtis at wjcurtis@wisc.edu or (608) 890-1397.

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Success: 2014 Badger Watch Conference

By: Community Officer Kristin Radtke

Badger Watch LogoThursday, January 9, 2014 marked our 8th Annual Badger Watch Safety Conference, which was held at Union South. Badger Watch is the UW-Madison Police Department’s crime prevention and awareness program. The UWPD’s community officers hosted the annual conference, which focuses on personal, property, and office safety as we go about our daily activities on campus.

Between attendees, speakers, helpers, and Resource Fair staff we had almost 200 staff and students involved. The Resource Fair was also very successful with 17 different companies, departments, and divisions represented from campus and the Madison community. Presentation topics at the conference were:

  • – Badger Watch
  • – Advanced Badger Watch
  • – CPR
  • – Self-Defense – beginners and intermediate
  • – Laser Shot (Firearms Simulator)
  • – CSI Workshop: Digital Forensics
  • – Fraud
  • – Computer Safety
  • – Suicide Prevention
  • – Bicycling in Traffic 101

Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed themselves and took away good safety information. Badger Watch volunteers continue to make campus a safer place to live, work, learn, and play. The 2015 conference is planned for Thursday, January 8, 2015!

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Coming Soon: A New Online Home for UWPD

By: Public Information Officer Marc Lovicott

In just a few short weeks, we’ll be unveiling our brand new online home, and we can’t wait.  For the last six months, our staff has been working hard to make our brand new website the best it can be, with the best information that our students, staff, and faculty are looking for.

Maybe you’ve noticed the new design of BADGEr Beat; we’ve taken some elements of our new website and move them here — so there’s a small preview of what you can expect.  But it’s so much more than just a redesign — the new site is information driven, designed to let you quickly find what you’re looking for.  It’s even smart phone and tablet friendly!

Ask AndyOne feature we’re very excited about has to do with Officer Andy — we don’t want to reveal too much, but we will say it’s a great interactive tool to get you whatever information you might be looking for.

We’re in the final test phases — and we hope to reveal our new site in just a few weeks.  So hang tight — it will be worth the wait!

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