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 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.
- General computer security
- Information on locking unattended PCs
- Information on how to manage passwords
- Tips on working securely when away from the office
- Information on secure data storage for departments
- Advice on using social networking websites
- 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)