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The University of Worcester Going Places With Callmy Alert

University of Worcester LogoThe University of Worcester is deploying the Callmy Alert service to help students and staff stay safe while away from the Campus.

Callmy Alert provides a simple app, which staff and students can opt into to enable the University to locate those travelling locally, nationally and internationally, and to proactively send notifications of situations that may affect their travel security. Unlike other solutions of this nature, which use airline booking data to illustrate location, Callmy Alert provides active traveller tracking using GPS positioning available from the user’s mobile phone. This is also optimised to preserve battery life.

As Callmy Alert service includes a mass notification capability, information can be delivered to users that provide information about disruption or incidents in their location – this can also be geo fenced when required. Travellers can also respond to messages, or check in periodically to let the University know they are safe.

The University has complimented the service with the Callmy Alert Personal SOS capability, which is an integrated component of the app. If an individual is in a situation where they require assistance, they can activate an SOS Alert to notify the University, which can then respond accordingly.

The service will also be used to compliment the University’s campus security and the deployment is being supported by the Student Union.

 

 

Cyber Essentials

Cyber EssentialsCallmy is now certified for the Cyber Essentials Scheme and the IASME  Standard.

Cyber Essentials is a UK government information assurance scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that encourages organisations to adopt good practice in information security. It includes an assurance framework and a simple set of security controls to protect information from threats coming from the internet.

It was developed in collaboration with industry partners, including the Information Security Forum (ISF), the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium (IASME) and the British Standards Institution (BSI), and is endorsed by the UK Government. It was launched in 2014 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The NCSC is committed to nurturing the Cyber Essentials scheme towards fulfilling its role in helping to make the UK one of the safest places to live and do business on-line”.

The standard is fast becoming a “defacto” for companies doing business with the UK Public sector and Government requires all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme.