Information security is about more than just how best to store your data and avoiding being hacked. It also concerns treating different types of data you may hold in the right way - keeping data confidential where appropriate, ensuring it isn't modified by unauthorised people and is available when it needs to be.
These pages provide information to LSE students, staff and external funders about our approach to information security, including policies, procedures, guidelines; advice for securing your own devices and information about the services we provide for departments, groups or research projects to keep data in controlled conditions to satisfy legal, regulatory or funding requirements.
Screen-locking coming soon
As part of our ongoing commitment to safe, responsible computer use and data management, IMT will soon be introducing a new 'Screen-Locking' policy. See Screen-Locking for more information.
The following short points should help protect you from identity theft and prevent the loss of your data:
Choose a secure password. See our guidance to choosing passwords
Never give your password to anyone else
If using your own, personal machine, use an anti-virus product, even on a Mac. LSE provides Sophos for free, here
Never save sensitive personal data on an unencrypted USB stick
Always lock your machine or log off whenever you leave the room
Read the Conditions for Use of IT [pdf]
Report information security incidents
Visit the Laptop surgery to get more comprehensive advice.