The University has to collect and process massive quantities of information, much of it personal, and some of it sensitive data. It is crucial that such data, whether in electronic or hard copy format, is managed effectively, securely and in accordance with existing legislation.
The University has an overarching Information Security Policy together with a related policy outlining the responsibilities of individual staff:
The institution’s Data Protection and E-mail Policies also relate to information security:
The University utilises information and communication technology (ICT) extensively for its academic and business purposes and it is crucial that staff and, in some cases, students are aware of the need to keep secure any information held on AU laptops and PCs. A number of pages across the institution’s website deal specifically with practical and technological methods of maintaining security when both on the premises and away from the office.
For general computer security see:
For information on locking unattended PCs see:
For information on how to manage passwords see:
For tips on working securely when away from the office see:
For information on secure data storage for departments:
For advice on using social networking websites:
For advice on spam e-mails:
For other security guidance and tips look under the relevant terms in the Information Services FAQs (e.g. ‘Encryption’ , ‘Passwords’ etc):