Cyber-security in lab enviroments

Key points:

  • Important to keep also lab computers secure:
            • up to date antivirus
            • firewall up and running
            • operating system up to date
            • passwords
            • attention to suspicious emails
            • secure important data
  • Data backup on multiple sources (i.e. Box) – if the data are sensible proper usage of Box is needed – consult cyber-security office (they can handle data at several different level of confidentiality)
  • Risk assessment based on sensibility of the data (sensible data or common open access data?) and complexity of the system controlled.
  • If the data and the system (experiments) are high risk systems a plan for proper cyber-security of data and devices must be developed and has to be included as part of the experiment design (campus resources are available to help through the process).
  • IoT devices security – instruments connected to the web and remotely controlled is a huge topic moving forward – interesting to consider this while experiments are designed.



for help with Spam, Phishing, other Cyber Incidents:

for consulting about IT and cyber-security issues in research:

for high level questions – discussions: Bob Turner – Chief Information Security Officer.


  • Checklist for personal computers: 03091703
  • UW Madison’s Risk Management Framework 03091704
  • Incident severity and information sharing color codes 03091706
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Cybersecurity-at-a-Glance 03091707