(1) For the purpose of this policy:
(2) Southern Cross University acknowledges the strategic and operational importance of our Information Technology (IT) environment. Effective Information Security measures are critical to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of University information and services. While Technology Services implements a number of central measures to maintain a secure environment, all end users are responsible for, and play a role in, ensuring that these measures remain effective.
(3) This policy seeks to ensure that University requirements for Information Security are met by:
(4) Staff and students are issued individual user accounts to access various SCU IT systems.
(5) The username (or login id) will generally be unique to an individual and will be generated by the University along with an initial password.
(6) Your username and passwords are the principal element protecting unauthorised access to University information and systems.
(7) For this to be effective, users should be aware of and observe the following practices in relation to passwords:
(8) Further details on management practices including how to change your SCU password and how to choose a safe password can be found on SCU's "How to change your password" website.
(9) Viruses and malware are unauthorised programs that either disrupt the operation of the computer, or capture information which may then be used to gain unauthorised access to information or resources. Examples include persistent pop-up advertising, automated opening of unintended web sites or capture of sensitive information such as passwords or banking details.
(10) The installation of these programs usually occurs without the knowledge of the user and is often referred to as an "infection".
(11) To protect against viruses and malware, all devices connected to the University network must have up-to-date virus protection software along with relevant operating system and application updates installed.
(12) University owned workstations and servers will have anti-virus software installed as part of the Standard Operating Environment and will be regularly and automatically updated with system and application updates.
(13) While these measures provide good protection against "infection" from viruses and malware, there are a number of steps users should take to further reduce their risk:
(14) As staff may also use personal computers to access University systems, anti- ‐ virus software is made available (at no charge) for all current staff to download and install on their home computers.
(15) This software can be downloaded and installed by visiting the Technology Services website
(16) Spam and Phishing are forms of unwanted email that may seek to gain access to personal information which could be later used for criminal activities such as illegal data access or fraud.
(17) They are also frequently used to deliver viruses or malware.
(18) While SCU has implemented technologies to significantly limit the amount of these emails received by staff and students, their ever changing nature means that from time to time, spam or phishing emails may still be received.
(19) It is important that users do not reply to these emails or click on the web links contained in them.
(20) For the avoidance of doubt, the University will NEVER ask staff or students to validate their account details (e.g. username and password) by visiting a web site, or ask users to provide identity information such as usernames, passwords, full names, date of birth, drivers licence, credit card or other confidential information via email.
(21) For further information on phishing including tips on how to recognise phishing emails, visit the SCU Information Security site on Phishing or the Information Security Site on Identify Theft. If a user is in any doubt as to the contents of such an email, they should contact the Service Desk (email firstname.lastname@example.org ) to check its authenticity.
(22) An increasing number of Mobile devices are now being used to access to University systems as well as to store both personal and University information.
(23) Sensitive information commonly stored on these devices could include phone numbers, passwords, emails and SMS messages.
(24) To protect this information in the event the device is lost or stolen, wherever possible, users should enable passcode protection on these devices.
(25) Prior to disposing of, or transferring the device to another user, user data must be removed.
(26) Technology Services is able to provide advice and assistance with this.
(27) If you are uncertain as to how to do this, please contact the ITS Service Desk.
(28) Security breaches and incidents have the potential to disrupt business operations and/or adversely impact the University's reputation.
(29) As part of managing the IT security risk to the University and its users, Technology Services may monitor and investigate computer usage activity or suspected security incidents.
(30) The operation of this monitoring is outlined in the Computing Conditions of Use policy.
(31) Where this monitoring highlights a potential security or policy breach, systems or accounts may be disabled without notice until such time as the issue is resolved.
(32) While Technology Services does implement University wide security systems and strategies, staff and students must continue to take reasonable steps to prevent security incidents.
(33) Where staff become aware of, or suspect that a security breach or incident have occurred (such as virus or malware on their computer, or accidental reply to spam/phishing email), they must immediately report the incident to the Service Desk.
(34) The Service Desk will provide advice or assistance to deal with the issue or concern.
(35) IT based systems and information are a strategic asset of the University and have varying degrees of sensitivity and criticality.
(36) Access controls will be used to limit who has access to systems or information to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of IT systems and information is maintained.
(37) An SCU information classification scheme provides the following categories:
(38) This policy provides a framework for other Information Security related policies at Southern Cross University.
(40) The University has a legislative duty of care to ensure that reasonable steps are in place to adequately protect Information Technology based Systems and Systems Information.
(41) This policy is intended to enable and support the University's operational business processes, as well as facilitate strategic priorities relevant to the University.
(42) All Users will be responsible for:
(43) The Information Technology Steering Committee and Chief Information Officer will be responsible for:
(44) VC and Executive will be responsible for:
(45) Information System Business Owners will be responsible for:
(46) Information System Technology Services Custodians will be responsible for:
(47) The Director, Technology Services, will be responsible for:
(48) Head of Work Units e.g. Faculties, Departments, Centres, Schools, Directorates and the University Library, will be responsible for:
(49) The Manager, IT Infrastructure will be responsible for:
(50) The Information Security Manager will be responsible or:
(51) Information System Administrators will be responsible for: