10 Golden Rules
The Ten Golden Rules are a quick ten point guide to keeping your information and the University's secure. As a member of the University of Leeds you are responsible for your own IT use and for helping the University keep its data and systems safe. These rules are an easy guide to doing that, although there are in-depth guides and policies available too.
We are all responsible for IT security
All members of the University are required to use computing resources responsibly, and within the framework of the law, in order to protect themselves, their colleagues and the University from adverse events. Read more about this.
Use passwords and keep them safe
When you choose a password you should make it personally memorable but difficult for others to guess. Read more about this.
Use email with care
Email is an excellent and efficient means of communication but it must be used responsibly. Read more about this.
Secure your personal computer
The University provides day to day security for work computers, which requires minimal user intervention, but it is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that their own private equipment has adequate security provision. Read more about this.
Protect your electronic identity
When you are logged onto the Internet all activity attributed to your user account concerns your 'electronic identity'. Anyone using a computer session opened by you assumes your electronic identity. Read more about this.
Ensure data is safe
Data on University managed networked systems (such as M: drive) is backed up but it is your responsibility to backup your data held on private or non-University owned computers. Read more about this.
Don't copy material without permission
It is a criminal offence to download or share an electronic copy of a film, music, book or software in breach of the producer's copyright or respective licence conditions. Read more about this.
Don't cause offence or break the law
When communicating outside of the campus network you are viewed as being a representative of the University so please use facilities responsibly. Read more about this.
Report IT incidents
All cases of actual and suspected computer misuse will be investigated and users will be accountable for any wrong doings associated with their user account. Read more about this.
For help and advice contact the IT Service Desk
IT security is a complex subject which is subjected to many pieces of legislation, University policy and 'good practice'. However, help is always at hand if you are unsure about what you can and cannot or should or shouldn't do. Read more about this.
Take the time to familiarise yourself with the Ten Golden Rules and be sure to apply them in your day-to-day IT use. If you aren't clear on any aspect of IT security you can read more on the IT website or contact the IT Service Desk for further assistance.
Read more on the Universitys information security policies and guidance on the IT website.