Cyber security tips for your protection

Published: Monday 15th June 2015

A message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Services) Dr Stephen Weller

The term Information Technology (IT) security, or Cyber Security, refers to the protection of networks, computer systems, software applications and data from unauthorised or unintentional access.

 The increased volume of data, generated by the immense growth of users with countless applications across multiple devices linked to faster networks, provides ever-increasing opportunities for exploitation. Maintaining access to services and safeguarding sensitive information requires a strong security position based around vigilance, flexibility and proactivity.

 To safeguard your information, the University’s threat assessment, intrusion detection and mitigation strategies continue to evolve and improve in response to the noticeable increase in the number and sophistication of cyber incidents.

 Personal Cyber Safety measures and practices

Set out below are a few basic practices that each of us can adopt in guarding against some common threats such as computer viruses, identity theft, data loss and other cyber security breaches.

 1.    Use Strong Passwords. A minimum of eight alphanumeric characters in length is considered good practice. A combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers make for strong passwords. 

2.    Make sure your antivirus software is up to date. Click this link for more information. 

3.    Be careful when giving out private information over the Web or through mobile phones. Protect your social networking profile. 

4.    Back up your data regularly.

5.    Be cautious with email – particularly, when you receive email from an unknown source. When sending email, think twice before you hit the send button.

Regards, Stephen