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Cybersecurity: how can you reduce the risk of reputational damage to the University?

17 January 2022

You may have noticed that there is more news than ever about businesses being hacked or falling victim to ransomware. If Leiden University is hacked or faces a data breach, this can cause reputational damage alongside any damage it may cause to its networks and systems. Read about what you can do to prevent this.

The University can suffer from reputational damage in a number of different ways:

  • Students and staff may lose confidence in the University if they discover that their personal data has ended up with unauthorised parties.
  • External suppliers of systems may lose confidence in cybersecurity at the University as a result of a data breach or cyber vulnerability.
  • Prospective or international students may lose confidence in the University if it is regularly in the news for negative reasons such as incidents relating to cybersecurity or privacy.

Administration and Central Services and the faculties are working hard to increase the University’s cyber resilience. This includes updating policy and carrying out security checks on the IT infrastructure, for example. We also apply ‘security by design’ to new applications and systems and work actively with other universities and SURF.
Read more about information security and privacy on the staff website.

What can you do?

So what can you do? Be aware of cyber risks. This is very important in preventing incidents. Did you know, for example, what a passphrase is and why this is more secure than a short password? And do you know how to identify a phishing mail and who you need to notify if you receive one? For the answers to all these questions as well as more tips, follow the Awaretrain e-Learning modules.

Please note: If you don’t yet have an account, you may find that you don’t have immediate access to the Awaretrain modules. You will be granted access as soon as possible by the cybersecurity team and will receive an email about this. Don’t give hackers a chance!

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