Cyber Security Programme

Programme summary

The Cyber Security Programme was established in December 2018 to ensure the University has the ability to defend itself from cyber attacks and the capability to securely use its data, information and systems.

This two year programme will assess the current state of cyber security at the University.
The information will be used to:

  • help us improve the baseline security we have in place
  • address any critical risks that are identified
  • implement a long-term, robust plan to ensure ongoing cyber security, based on controls that are effective, efficient, appropriate and sustainable

Programme Manager: Bob Jenkinson

Programme Sponsor: Bella Abrams

Delivery Date: June 2021

For the latest information:
visit the Cyber Security Programme website (Staff access only)

Why is there a Cyber Security Programme?

Cyber security and information security is recorded on the University's Corporate Risk Register as a high risk entry. Cyber security refers to the emerging and rapidly growing threat of attacks on IT systems used by the University; in turn damaging the systems, information contained within them, and the University. Cyber attacks were ranked as one of the top 5 risks for the next five years in The Global Risks Report 2018 from the World Economic Forum.

The potential negative impact of cyber security attacks on the University include impact on business continuity, finance (through direct theft and through monetary penalties imposed by regulatory bodies) and reputation.

We want you to feel better protected, better informed and assured by the level of security across the institution.

We are dedicating significant resource over the next two years to raise our level of cyber security maturity so that:

  • we have the ability to respond and recover quickly from attacks;
  • address any critical ‘high likelihood-high impact’ risks;
  • and implement a long-term, robust plan to ensure ongoing cyber security with the goal of sustained cultural change across the institution.


How will the project benefit the University?

By establishing a solid Cyber Security foundation and progressively building capabilities, we will:

  • achieve a transformative cultural change throughout the University
  • deliver a rapid reduction in the risks and impact posed by current poor
  • be more competitive in the eyes of funding bodies and prospective partners - a key pillar of the University’s Strategic Plan
  • maintain our attractiveness to academics, students and research partners


Programme milestones

Project start: December 2018

Project end: June 2021