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