Middlebury's Information Security workgroup collaborates with several other LIS workgroups each year to conduct risk assessments of the institution's critical systems. The objective of these assessments is to determine the risk exposure of each system and identify critical steps to ensure stability. Assessments address:
- physical security
- technical security
- operational security
Critical systems include those used for:
First-year student risk and prevention
Female first-year students are at the highest risk for sexual assault between the first day of school and Thanksgiving break. This period is sometimes called the "Red Zone" in sexual assault prevention work. Many are away from home for the first time and unaccustomed to making personal decisions without the support of family or trusted friends, and some may be experimenting with alcohol and sexual activity for the first time.