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Information security and privacy

The University wants to be able to ensure a secure (digital) environment. Protecting information is the responsibility of all of us. Protect your and your colleagues' work by using secure tools and safe practices. Keep reading to find out how to handle information securely.

Tools for working securely

Working securely – such as using a secure internet connection or sending sensitive information securely – is important for preventing incidents.

If you want to send larger files by e-mail securely, use SURFfilesender. SURFfilesender enables you to share a message securely with the recipient. You can also use it to invite the recipient to send you a secure message.

If you are not using the University’s eduroam network, make sure your connection is secure. Give your home router a strong password, or use your own mobile hotspot (4G/5G data bundle). Public networks, such as those at hotels or in trains, are not secure unless you connect via a VPN – so make sure you install one. The University has one that you can use for free.  A VPN connection encrypts your connection to the internet, so no one can see when you visit websites or share data. It also hides your IP address and location, so hackers can’t locate you. 

Tips for working securely

Curious to find out how you can contribute to a safe working environment? Take a look at our tips for working securely.

Frequently asked questions about privacy and security

If you have a question about privacy and security, be sure to check the privacy and security FAQs. Your question might already have been answered. 

Privacy and security policy documents

The University has several documents and policies relating to privacy and security matters, such as procedures, guidelines, handbooks and templates.

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