Cyber Security Week 2018

Issue date: 04 October 2018

Cyber Security Week is full of activities to help keep you, your data and your devices free from cyber crime.

When is Cyber Security Week?

Cyber Security Week takes place between Monday 15 October - Friday 19 October.

What's happening?

Details of all Cyber Security Week activities are available on our webpage, but here are some of our highlights.

Escape room

Put your cyber security knowledge to the test and work as a team to decipher the clues and escape the Professor's study before time runs out.

Assemble a team of 2-10 players (or tackle it by yourself!) and book your time slot.

i-Patch Pirates online game

Our Games Technology students have created a pirate game called i-Patch Pirates which will be available to play online from Monday 15 October.

Play the game for your chance to win a reusable straw, reusable bottle, chocolate or a £20 Amazon voucher. Find out what you need to do to win a prize.

Magic Selfie Mirror

Choose your props, have your picture taken in the Magic Selfie Mirror and receive a print out to take home.

Available at Frenchay, Glenside and Bower Ashton at various points throughout the week - dates and locations are available online.

Roundtable discussion

Resilience acsn are specialists in IT security management. They're hosting a roundtable discussion: 'malicious insider vs human error, how can we mitigate the weakest link?'

The roundtable will take place on Thursday 18 October between 11:00 - 11:45 or 14:00 - 14:45. Book your place now.

Where's it happening?

We'll be in Frenchay Library all week, Glenside Library on Tuesday 16 October and Bower Ashton Students' Union café on Wednesday 17 October. You can find full details of what's happening at each campus online.

Complete the cyber security online survey

Complete the cyber security online survey (available from Monday 15 October) for the chance to win £150 Amazon vouchers.

Any more tips?

If you can't attend any of the events, don't forget that we have a wealth of cyber security advice and guidance online. Take a look to make sure you're keeping your data as safe as can be.

Here are some key tips to get you started.

Emails are like messages in a bottle

Emails travel over the internet and can end up being read by anyone. So, be careful what you send, and be cautious with what you receive too. Stop and think before you click links, open attachments or download files. You never know the journey they've been on before they reach you.

Be smart - restart

Your devices work hard to keep you connected - so give them a break by shutting them down properly from time to time. They'll receive vital security and software updates that'll help keep your information safe - and they'll save a bit of energy, too. Good for the environment, good for you.

To be tight lipped, you must encrypt

Encrypting data makes the information unreadable, unless you have the key to unlock it. It's not as hard as you think - just make sure you're using the university's encrypted computer drives or cloud storage, or that you're password protecting your USBs and attachments.

Treat your password like a toothbrush

Never share your password with anyone and change it every few months. A strong password should be unique, use a mix of characters and be difficult to guess - so get creative. And remember, we'll never email or call you to confirm your username and password.

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