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CONNECT Interview: Henry Hughes, Security Director, Jisc

During Cyber Security Month 2020 CONNECT met Henry Hughes, Security Director for Jisc to talk about opportunities and challenges faced by Research & Education (R&E) in the current cyber security landscape dominated by the COVID pandemic. Words: Interview by Rosanna Norman, GÉANT The cyber security landscape is evolving all the time, what are today’s major challenges and opportunities for R&E? Because of the events that have been affecting our world in 2020 we have all become...

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Why having a strong password isn’t enough to secure your account

By Jon Hunt, cyber services delivery manager at Jisc Criminals always find a way to take advantage of disasters. In the case of COVID-19, there has been a surge in phishing emails and online scams by nefarious individuals and organised gangs who want to steal data. Now, more than ever, it’s important to set strong passwords and avoid reusing them across multiple accounts. Password managers make this much easier. A good way to provide an extra level of security above and beyond passwords is to...

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Managing passwords

To be effective, passwords need to be long, complicated and unique. It’s also a good idea to have a separate password for every account. But don’t worry, that’s doesn’t mean learning multiple passwords because there’s simple tech available to help with that. But how can you possibly remember them all? Don’t make it easy for criminals Your passwords are the key to access your data, your online identity, your bank account, etc. People with bad intentions are out to unlock or get hold of your...

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Social Engineering – Don’t let hackers manipulate you!

Social engineering is the act of manipulating or tricking people into certain actions, such as giving out personal or financial information that can be used to commit fraud. It’s an act, but also an art; social engineers are very good at influencing victims through their emotions, for example by pretending to be someone in need of help. They may also pretend to be an authority figure. Or evoke curiosity through news on current events. Or offer a discount with limited availability. Their tricks...

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