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The University provides and utilises a number of services to ensure our data is kept as secure as possible. These services are provided across the University's networks, systems, and University computers.
The protection offered does not extend to private devices - it's up to us to individually protect ourselves, our devices, and our data from cyber threats.
If you're looking for additional resources tailored for University staff, come join us in the #SecurityCorner (staff login required).
Phishing is a scam to try and steal your identity, your money, or both. Don't get hooked!
Protect yourself and others:
- Be smart
- Be sceptical
- Be secure
Check out our guide to avoid getting caught! (opens in a new window)
Have a look at our short video on recognising phishing emails! (opens in a new window)
Student guide to Cyber Security
Although it's aimed at students, our Student Guide to Cyber Security is useful to everybody, covering topics including caring for your computers and tablets, sharing and accessing files safely, setting strong passwords, email and spotting scams, and importantly, backing up your data. If the worst happens, a good, current backup may be your only chance of recovering your lost data! The guide also includes lots of links to relevant web articles.
Student Guide to Cyber Security (opens in a new window)
Need further assistance?
If you have cyber security concerns, or think you may have been scammed, please contact the IT Service Desk by:
- submitting a Something's Broken ticket from our MyIT Portal: myit.westernsydney.edu.au
- using the Live Chat function from our MyIT Portal: myit.westernsydney.edu.au (login required)
- sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- if urgent, phone (02) 9852 5111 (ext 5111)
The StaySmartOnline (opens in a new window) website is developed and run by the Federal Government, to educate and raise awareness about cyber security. It contains sections on creating better passwords, protecting yourself from phishing and similar email scams, protecting yourself from identity theft, and more.
StaySmartOnline even has a small number of videos on their YouTube channel (opens in a new window).
SCAMWatch (opens in a new window) is the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (or ACCC)'s online information and reporting website for scams of all varieties - its scope is wider than only scams committed using the internet. You can also use it to see stats around the amount of scamming happening, the kinds of scams happening, and how to protect yourself.
We would particularly draw your attention to the Little Black Book of Scams (opens in a new window), a document published by the ACCC through their website. The book identifies several common scams, how to recognise them, and how to avoid them.
IDCARE (opens in a new window) is Australia and New Zealand's national identity & Cyber support service. IDCARE is a not-for-profit Australian charity organisation that was created to provide support and advice to people who are recovering from ID theft. The website also includes information on how to recognise the signs of identity theft.
Have I Been Pwned?
The 'Have I been Pwned' (opens in a new window) website is a free resources that can be used to check whether your email address has been involved in a data breach. This is especially useful to know whether passwords need to be changed or how likely it is that someone could use your information to impersonate you online.
Cyber Security Quick Links
Articles from the KnowledgeBase
- KB0011503 (opens in a new window): Phishing | be Smart, be Sceptical, be Secure
- KB0013262 (opens in a new window): Phishing | reporting phishing emails
- KB0013308 (opens in a new window): Identity Theft | how to tell if your identity has been stolen and what to do about it
- Phishing Scams Awareness poster (PDF, 1455.13 KB) (opens in a new window)
- Phishing Scams Awareness postcard (PDF, 658.25 KB) (opens in a new window)
- Password Security postcard (PDF, 151.34 KB) (opens in a new window)