Information security: your role
Information on phishing, viruses and malware, encryption, using the cloud, keeping your data safe when travelling and other guides on information security.
Sometimes you'll get an email that appears to come from your bank, the IT Service Desk or similar, but in fact it is trying to trick you into revealing important information such as your username and password, bank details etc. This is phishing.
You should protect your computer by installing anti-virus and anti-malware software, and there are several free programs available to you.
Whether you’re travelling for leisure or work, there are potential risks associated with using computers abroad.
All University-owned laptops must be encrypted. However, in some countries you need permission before you can bring in an encrypted laptop or other device.
Because they are portable and used by so many people, two of the biggest risks to information security come from unencrypted laptops and USB sticks.
Encryption is the process of changing information to make it unreadable to anyone who doesn't have some special knowledge (referred to as 'the key') to make the encrypted information readable again.
You can reduce the risk of data loss if you use a laptop, tablet or mobile device to store or access University data.
The University is currently considering its policy regarding the use of 'cloud computing services', such iCloud, Dropbox, Microsoft (Azure, BPOS and SPLA), Amazon (AWS, S3 and EC2) and Google (Google Apps).
You should not normally use peer-to-peer software on the University network or computers.
The University needs to keep both personal and non-personal data secure. A risk assessment for the security of data is to make sure that there are controls in place to prevent data being lost.
Top tips for improving your information security
Youve probably heard on the news that a number of computer chip manufacturers have identified a security issue with their computer chips. IT companies continually review security in their products and regularly issue updates to resolve any issues they find. At the University, IT ensures that all our systems are regularly updated and patches applied as they become available.