Data Security

The campus ELN platform is provided by LabArchives, a cloud service. UW-Madison’s contracting process with LabArchives included an extensive review of data security controls by UW-Madison IT Security and UW-Madison Legal Services. Our agreement with LabArchives includes measures that safeguard the intellectual property and security of UW research data.

 What precautions has UW-Madison taken to safeguard intellectual property rights?

UW-Madison’s terms of agreement with LabArchives retain our intellectual property rights and align with the UW-Madison’s Policy on Data Stewardship, Access, and Retention.

 How secure is data placed in the UW-Madison instance of LabArchives?

LabArchives utilizes Amazon Web Services for its application, database, storage, and backup servers.  Both primary and secondary Amazon data centers used to deliver the service are located in the US. See Amazon Web Services Compliance page.

Key security controls in the UW-Madison LabArchives service include:

  • Encryption of data in transit and at rest
  • Firewalls and other security devices on all servers
  • Monitoring of all network traffic for suspicious activity
  • Regular testing, upgrades, and patching for vulnerabilities
  • Regular third party security audits

How should I securely connect to the UW-Madison Instance of LabArchives?

To ensure a secure network connection between your computer and your LabArchives account when you are off-campus, you should set up a connection through WiscVPN.