Keeping IT secure
Our aim is to provide support and guidance to keep staff and students proactive rather than reactive where IT security is concerned.
There is a published IT Security Policy which all Trinity staff and students are obliged to adhere to. This document and a full range of supporting material with advice on practical ways that all members of the University can help to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of Trinity information technology resources are available on the IT Security Website.
The most frequent cause of IT security incidents are phishing emails. Phishing emails are fraudulent emails that are hoping to trick you into providing your computer account login details or other personal information. It's important that staff and students be familiar with how to recognise phishing emails and handle them appropriately.
- Length – Make your passwords long with 8 or more characters.
- Complexity – always:
- have a mix of upper and lowercase characters
- include at least one numeric character OR a special character such as ! @ $ % * _ - + = ~
- but don’t include £ € : ? | space
- Obscurity – Good passwords are randomised combinations of characters, don’t use dictionary words or include part of your first name, last name or username.
What you can do
IT security incidents are reported every year and all users of the Trinity data network have a responsibility to ensure that they have taken all possible steps to keep their data secure. This applies whether they are using Trinity-owned or privately-owned device.
Below we have outlined some useful links to help you keep your data secure.