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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Cyber Security

Welcome to the Durham University Cyber Security hub, here you will find information regarding safe practices for using IT equipment and online services whether at work, study or at home, including:

  • Keeping your personal details safe (passwords, spam, hoax and phishing emails).
  • Keeping your machine safe (locking it, firewalls, anti-virus & encryption).
  • Keeping your mobile devices safe and guidance on using public wireless networks.
  • Checklists that you can use to assess your activity against recommended practice.
  • Relevant security news and awareness from the CIS security team.
  • Useful links to more detailed information.

The University’s cyber security policies, standards and guidelines are also located on this site as are the University’s Regulations for IT Use.

We all have a responsibility to take appropriate steps to protect ourselves, University information and the IT facilities to prevent and minimize the negative impacts on the University and individuals from a security breach.If something has gone wrong to report a security incident or weakness follow the University’s reporting procedure

Some of the areas that the CIS security team are responsible for and can provide expertise on, include the following. To view the full range of CIS services available please see the CIS Service Catalogue:

  • Ownership for policies, standards and guidelines relating to IT security and alignment to external security standards.
  • Audit and sign-off of IT security controls.
  • Managing cyber security risk, including developing and managing the cyber risk register and controls catalogue.
  • Utilising security intelligence, including threat awareness, vulnerability monitoring and security event monitoring.
  • Responding to security incidents and undertaking security investigations, including forensic investigations.
  • Providing security-specific tools, including managed Anti-malware, Vulnerability Management and Security Information and Response capabilities.
  • Providing cyber security advice and consultancy, this includes providing security input to procurement exercises, reviewing contracts and research compliance requirements and assessing University responses to questionnaires on IT security.
  • Designing and developing solutions specifically for IT security.

If you have a query for the CIS security team in the first instance, please contact the IT Service Desk.