The team has news about some of the known serious security risks:

Information Security

The Information Security team is based in the Office of the CIO. The team can help with:

Network Security and OxCERT

Responsibility for network security within the University lies with the University of Oxford Computer Emergency Response Team (OxCERT based in the Networks and Telecommunications Group). OxCERT's primary role is to ensure the security of the University backbone network.

Within the University, OxCERT interact chiefly with IT Support Staff (ITSS). End users should contact their local ITSS or the IT Services General Help Centre for support.




Help Resources

You may not realise it, but your computer, your mobile devices, your Oxford accounts and your personal information all have tremendous value to criminals. With access to these, criminals could:

  • ...get access to your email account to read or delete your emails, or use your account to send thousands of spam emails
  • ...log into other online accounts like your bank account and steal money
  • ...steal your credit card details and buy things online with them
  • ...take control of your computer to record everything you do, hold you to ransom, attack other computers on the Internet or send spam
  • ...use your personal details to commit fraud using your identity

But don't panic because taking just a few simple measures can help you defend yourself against cybercrime and prevent you from becoming another statistic:


Are you or the kids on Facebook? Do you use DropBox to synch your work? Have you received an email from your bank that looked so plausible you almost clicked a dodgy link or sent "them" some of your details? Is it difficult to remember all those passwords? Do you work with other people's personal information? Do you check your email on the train? Or shop online when relaxing in the coffee shop? Answer "yes" to any of these and you may be interested to know we can help you start to find the tools and techniques to protect yourself, your work and your family online.

Come and learn from our information security specialists at our series of Security and Privacy Online courses.




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Information security, network security and OxCERT (emergency response)

Written by IT Services. Latest revision 24 October 2014