Information Security

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.

Guide to Information Security


Find out more about Information Security and what IMT can do for you with our downloadable guide (pdf).

Quick tips

The following short points should help protect you from identity theft and prevent the loss of your data:

  1. Choose a secure password. See our guidance to choosing passwords
  2. Never give your password to anyone else
  3. If using your own, personal machine, use an anti-virus product, even on a Mac. LSE provides Sophos for free, here
  4. Never save sensitive personal data on an unencrypted USB stick
  5. Always lock your machine or log off whenever you leave the room
  6. Read the Conditions for Use of IT [pdf]
  7. Report information security incidents

Visit the Laptop surgery to get more comprehensive advice.