Top tips

UWE Bristol IT systems are safe and secure, but you need to do your bit too!

  • Never share your passwords
    Every password you use should be strong and completely unique. Never share your passwords with anyone. The University will never email or call you to confirm your password.
  • Watch out for email scams
    Always think before you click links, open attachments, or download files in emails you receive, regardless of who sent them. Fraudsters commonly impersonate Amazon, Spotify and other large companies with clickbait like subjects.
  • Always use cloud storage or network drives to save your work
    You have access to 5TB via OneDrive. Portable storage, such as hard disks and USB drives can often fail and work can be lost. They are also susceptible to ransomware attacks.
  • Clear your desk and screen
    Always lock or log out of devices when leaving them unattended, even if it's just for a moment, and take any portable devices and sensitive notes with you to keep your information secure.
  • Restart devices
    To receive vital security and software updates that will help keep your devices and data safe, shut down or restart them regularly.
  • Lock away restricted or confidential information
    Read the Information Handling Policy to understand the University's information classifications.
  • Dispose of data securely
    Dispose of confidential waste securely (for example, confidential waste bin or shredder) and securely erase data before disposing of hardware (for example, computers and USB drives).

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Fraudulent communications

How to spot and avoid fraudulent communications (Phishing, Vishing and SmiShing).

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Protect data and devices

Everyone must take steps to secure all their devices and data to reduce the risk of a data breach.

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Report an incident or breach

Data breaches could affect individuals and harm UWE Bristol. Don't delay, report it today.

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Information Security Policies

All UWE Bristol users must read and abide by the information security policies and regulations.

Research data security

Data research security

UWE Bristol's expectations of researchers, in relation to the security of research data.

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UWE Bristol is a Cyber Essentials certified organisation.

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