Summer is the most active time for equipment thefts on campus, and this summer promises to be the busiest summer in school history with all sorts of people coming and going daily. The security challenges of this furious level of activity are immense. You can help.
Please take a moment to think through how you will secure technology assets assigned to you once you depart for the summer. Cameras, iPods, iPads, headphones, and other highly portable gear should be stored under lock and key. Log out of user accounts on computers in your office or classroom. Turn off audiovisual systems. Take time to back up important files to the file server. If you are among those moving to new spaces over the summer, be sure IS gets your highly portable devices for safe storage; larger items like desktop computers and printers will be taken care of as part of the moving process. Of course, IS is happy to store items for you. Just bring items to Judd 11 and we'll label and store them in alarmed spaces.
Summer travelers will be wise to take appropriate security precautions with school-owned laptops. NEVER place your laptop in checked baggage and never leave your laptop in a hot car. Don't conduct sensitive personal transactions on public wi-fi networks, and be mindful of your surroundings. It only takes a split second for your laptop to disappear. If you are leaving your laptop at home while you travel, find a safe, out-of-the-way place to conceal it under lock and key; historically, the highest number of school laptop thefts have occurred during home break-ins.