Cyber Essentials Certification

The University's Managed Windows Service (MWS) is now certified by 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

As part of our security protocols, we have introduced Admin Rights Manager, a new piece of security software installed on all PCs on the Managed Windows Service (MWS). 

What is Admin Rights Manager?

Admin Rights Manager changes the way in which staff access administrator rights on their devices. It automatically creates an environment where administrator rights are something you access temporarily, and use for the tasks that require administrator rights.

Administrator rights are required to download, install, update and licence software (that isn't available on Install University Applications), and change system settings. All staff with administrator rights will still be able to access administrative rights temporarily, whenever they may need them.

Where can I download it from?

There is no need to download this software. Admin Rights Manager has been loaded onto all MWS machines automatically. If at any point you are unsure of this change or how to access administrator rights, give the Service Desk a call on extension number 44567.

Why are we making these changes?

This is a change to how staff currently work on their machines. However, it is designed to keep our staff and their information safe from online threats. 

How do I use Admin Rights Manager?

An Admin Rights Manager user guide is available to take you through the process of using the new software.