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IT Security Week and International Data Protection Day 2021

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Key statistics to consider:
Ireland's most frequently reported fraud is cyber crime - accounting for 69% of reported fraud in 2020. 
13% of the survey respondents affected by cyber crime reported losing over 5 million in the last 24 months.
20% admitted not knowing how much they lost or that the loss was immeasurable.

Source for stats in GIF: PWC Ireland

IT Security Week Wrap-Up and Cyber Crime Watch Hub

29 January 2021

We hope you enjoyed IT Security Week and International Data Protection Day 2021. Although the week is over, we all need to stay focused; IT Security is an ongoing responsibility for everyone.

Why is this relevant to me?

Cyber security attacks have emerged as one of the most significant threats to universities and colleges in recent years and are on the increase due to the pandemic.

As a university, our IT systems are designed to accommodate large numbers of users and deal with valuable and sensitive information. Cyber security attacks can cause widespread and significant damage to our community, directly impact individuals in our community, and can be executed through something as simple as a link in a text message.

Cyber security is a highly serious topic and the risks are far-reaching including major financial loss, data breaches and account hacking, phishing, harassment, IP theft (piracy), credit card fraud and denial of service attacks.

What can I do to protect myself and the University?

The best way you can protect yourself and the University against cyber threats is to stay informed and vigilant. There is a lot of information about keeping IT secure available on our website.

This week we also launched the Cyber Crime Watch Hub, an online centre of security awareness training and engaging resources. The hub is available to all Trinity staff on Microsoft SharePoint via office.tcd.ie. We encourage you to browse through the hub to improve your IT security awareness today.

Access the Cyber Crime Watch Hub


Data Protection Day

28 January 2021

It's international data protection day!

Today you'll have the opportunity to attend the following online events:

Panel discussion: 11 – 11.45am

Data Privacy in 2021 – Assessing its value in a turbulent world. A panel discussion organised by the Trinity Data Protection Office.

Hosted by Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor - Irish Independent, Sunday Independent. The panellists are John O’Shea, Deputy Data Protection Commissioner, Dr Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor of Law, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Carey Lening, Castlebridge.

Join the event (Zoom)

Data Protection and IT Security clinic for students and staff: 2 – 3pm

Online consultancy clinic hosted by Trinity IT Services and the Data Protection Office. Please come along if you have any queries in relation to data protection, IT security and privacy.

The attendees are Sara McAneney, IT Security Manager, Amir Bijedic, IT Security Specialist, Imelda O’Keeffe, GDPR Project Executive, Evelyn Fox, Deputy DPO (Research), and John Eustace, DPO.

Join the event (Microsoft Teams)

Debate: 5 – 6pm

Debate hosted by the College Historical Society. The motion is: 'This House would make Contact Tracing Apps Mandatory'.

All are welcome to attend. Guest speakers to be confirmed.

Join the event (Zoom)


Stay cyber secure when working from home

27 January 2021

Working from home continues to be the norm for many of us. Despite the difficult times, cyber criminals are not taking a break. In fact, there is a clear increase in cyber­crime activity now that the majority of us are working from home.

Normally IT Services take care of all of your cyber security needs, and we continue to do so remotely, however now you have to pay more attention to cyber security measures yourself.

By following the best practices and tips you can enjoy your work at home — and stay safe while doing it.

  1. Make sure your Operating System and other software are kept up to date. These are updated regularly to improve their security.
  2. Anti-Virus, there is no escaping it, always has an anti-virus program installed on your device and makes sure it is up to date with the latest threats.
  3. Keep your work devices for work only. Do not let friends and family members use your work devices for any reason.
  4. Be careful what you share on your screen during online meetings. If possible, don’t leave any windows open that you don’t want to share. Accidents do happen and while it can be awkward, it’s also a privacy issue. You might accidentally share content that is not meant to be viewed by others.
  5. Secure your home network. If your Wi‑Fi requires a password, that’s a good start. If not, access your router settings to change this. Often the default passwords for your router settings are a weak link in Wi‑Fi and network security. If you have never done it before, change your router’s password.
  6. Use the VPN. By working through the VPN, your web traffic is encrypted and can’t be accessed by anyone.
  7. Watch out for Covid-19 related scams. Cyber criminals have widely exploited the Covid-19 outbreak in numerous phishing and scam campaigns. If you get emails with any suspicious links or attachments related to Covid-19, don’t open them. And as always stay vigilant for other phishing emails.

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What's on this week

25 January 2021

This week we are celebrating IT Security Week and International Data Protection Day.

We will be focusing on a number of exciting initiatives, including launching our new Cyber Crime Watch Hub website, running live online events, as well as posting topical articles on our website.

To mark International Data Protection Day on Thursday 28th January, there will be an opportunity to attend a panel discussion organised by the Data Protection Office, a drop-in clinic for students and staff, and a debate hosted by the College Historical Society.

Launching the Cyber Crime Watch Hub

The Cyber Crime Watch Hub is an online centre of IT security awareness training and engaging resources for Trinity staff. This hub blends humour and micro-training to highlight the risk and impact of cyber security attacks.

The Cyber Crime Watch Hub is available to all Trinity staff on Microsoft SharePoint via office.tcd.ie.

Visit the Cyber Crime Watch Hub

Live online event: Storing your data securely in Office 365

We are hosting a live online event for Trinity staff on storing your data securely in Office 365 on Tuesday 26th January at 2 - 3pm. Join Information Security Manager Sara McAneney and Office365 Specialist Tom Hayes for guidance and advice on how to store your University data securely in Microsoft OneDrive, Teams and SharePoint.

Join the event (Microsoft Teams)

Register for this event

International Data Protection Day 2021 – Thursday 28th January

Trinity College Dublin is proud to support International Data Protection Day, an annual event that raises awareness of the importance of respecting privacy and safeguarding personal data. This year we are hosting the following events:

Panel discussion: 11 – 11.45am

Data Privacy in 2021 – Assessing its value in a turbulent world. A panel discussion organised by the Trinity Data Protection Office.

Hosted by Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor - Irish Independent, Sunday Independent. The panellists are John O’Shea, Deputy Data Protection Commissioner, Dr Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor of Law, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Carey Lening, Castlebridge.

Join the event (Zoom)

Data Protection and IT Security clinic for students and staff: 2 – 3pm

Online consultancy clinic hosted by Trinity IT Services and the Data Protection Office. Please come along if you have any queries in relation to data protection, IT security and privacy.

The attendees are Sara McAneney, IT Security Manager, Amir Bijedic, IT Security Specialist, Imelda O’Keeffe, GDPR Project Executive, Evelyn Fox, Deputy DPO (Research), and John Eustace, DPO.

Join the event (Microsoft Teams)

Debate: 5 – 6pm

Debate hosted by the College Historical Society. The motion is: 'This House would make Contact Tracing Apps Mandatory'.

All are welcome to attend. Guest speakers to be confirmed.

Join the event (Zoom)