Cyber Essentials Certification
The University's Managed Windows Service (MWS) is now certified for Cyber Essentials, demonstrating our commitment to cyber security.
What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a cross-sector, industry standard mechanism for institutions to demonstrate best practice in information security. This certification allows us to remain a research-led institution by submitting research bids with the appropriate compliance.
The University employs these and other technical controls to secure our data:
- Secure Internet connection
- Secure devices and software
- Controlled access to data and services
- Protection from viruses and other malware
- Keep devices and software up to date
What does this mean for me?
Cyber Essentials certification is a pre-requisite for organisations requesting Government funding for collaboration on research, development projects, or obtaining and using a partner organisation's data.
The University Cyber Essentials certification scope currently only applies to the Managed Windows Service environment: this means the centrally managed desktop/laptop service provided to all parts of the University and the supporting infrastructure consisting of networks, M drive, department drives, RDM Active Data Store and associated business applications.
Specifically, this also means that personally owned IT equipment, servers/cloud storage procured or managed locally by a school or department, will be outside of the Cyber Essentials accreditation scope, so is likely to invalidate the contract terms or funder obligations for the work/research.
If you need to install licensed software that is not already available pre-packaged via install University Applications (IUA), see our knowledge base.