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How secure is the new Email System?

The Live@edu (now Office 365) system is as secure as our previous in-house system, in that the underlying technology/protection is the same, and as such the move to an outsourced system will not weaken the security of emails. This was checked by the University’s Data Protection Officer prior to the move of students to this email system.

As with anything, the biggest weakness comes from the human element and we have no control over emails being printed out and left lying around, forwarded to personal accounts and phones which we have no control over, or laptops being lost. Unfortunately, one of the biggest sources of hacking, both here and elsewhere, is people revealing their passwords to others, either deliberately or via a phishing email.