Be aware of cyber-attacks

Posted by crm28 at Sep 22, 2017 03:22 PM |
In anticipation of the start of the new term, we’d like to remind all staff and students about the importance of cyber security and how we can protect ourselves in the digital world we live in today.

Over the past few months, we’ve all read about organisations being targeted by various forms of cyber-attacks, most commonly phishing; where the attacker pretends to act as a trusted source to capture personal information for malicious use.

Our University is working hard to minimise the effect of such attacks, but it also prides itself on developing a knowledgeable community that can spot threats of this nature and take the correct course of action to limit its spread.

Some of the ways we are actively preventing cyber-attacks are:

  • Providing a course on Blackboard about Information Security Awareness
  • Publishing information on our website about different types of cyber-attacks and how you can avoid them
  • Working with departments when faced with security challenges
  • Showcasing the safe use of Information Technology to students at Welcome Week

Additionally, we will be sending emails notifications if suspicious activity is detected on a University IT account. If you receive one of these emails, you should consider whether you logged in at the time and location provided. If you did not, or are unsure, you should change your University IT account password immediately.

 

What do I need to do?

  • Be vigilant. If you suspect something isn’t legitimate, you’re probably right
  • Complete the Information Security Awareness course on Blackboard if you’ve not done so already
  • Remember that your password is private to you and you should never share it.  IT Services and the wider University will never ask you to provide your password in an email or other communication
  • If you receive communications asking you to provide your University IT account and password, please discard it immediately

 

Need IT help?

If you think you have been a victim of a cyber-attack, contact the IT Service Desk on 0116 252 2253 to speak to one our analysts, who will help you with what to do.

The IT Service Desk team are available to help University staff and students with any IT related enquiry between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

You can learn more about staying safe online and how IT Services can help you on their website. →

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