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Working securely: Device security

Get an overview of the device security measures you need to have in place while working from home.

We are looking towards a gradual and partial reopening of campus over the coming months, in line with government guidance. Studying from home (as well as face to face teaching) is likely to continue for some time. Our responsibilities for managing information and data security have become more stringent and compliance is an issue for us all. And in all sectors, the scale and sophistication of criminal and malicious cyber-activity is increasing.

What does this mean for me?

As part of our Information Security campaign, we’re asking for your continued awareness and support to keep both your devices and data secure.

If you are using computers, laptops or other devices on the University network, and handling University data, you need to make sure they are secured against malware, hackers and accidental loss or theft. It will shortly be University policy to ensure that all devices on the University network meet a basic, minimum security specification.

Please ensure these security measures are in place.

The key points below remain ‘good-practice’ guidelines for all computer users – please follow them as much as you can and share them with others.

  • Lock and secure laptops and portable devices when unattended
  • Use strong passwords for all accounts
  • Use a modern web browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox)
  • Only click on links or attachments or install applications if you know they come from a trusted source

If you are using a personal computer while working from home, please also ensure the following security measures are in place.

  • If the operating system supports it, encrypt laptops and other portable devices
  • Always protect devices with a password
  • Keep software up-to-date and apply security updates
  • Use a supported operating system (latest version: Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android)
  • Use up-to-date anti-virus software
  • Enable a firewall
  • Back up data to an alternative storage location.

Remember the IT Services Helpdesk is available if you have any questions or concerns. We will also continue to share guidance and advice through posts like this.