Cyber Security Project

Project Summary 

This programme has been established to assess the current state of cyber security at the University. Once the assessment is complete, we will use the information to help us improve the baseline security we have in place, address any critical risks that are identified and implement a long-term, robust plan to ensure ongoing cyber security, based on controls that are effective, efficient, appropriate and sustainable.

Project Manager: Bob Jenkinson

Project Sponsor: Bella Abrams

Delivery Date: June 2021

Why are we doing this project? 

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.

The main objectives of this programme are to reduce risk by improving our current level of cyber security, and to build a high quality ‘business as usual model’ for the University, so that it can deal with new threats and provide assurance to partners into the future.

How will the project benefit the University?

The programme will help to safeguard the University’s reputation by reducing the risk posed by cyber attacks. This will help it maintain its attractiveness to academics, students and research partners, which is essential in enabling it to achieve excellence in learning, teaching and research.

Project milestones

Project start: December 2018

Project end: June 2021