The Information Security Office has seven top tips to help you to keep your computing equipment as physically secure as possible:
- Keep office doors locked if there is no one around.
- Keep your computer’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) in a locked compartment if your computer is in a public area.
- Keep your servers in a secure area at all times and restrict entry to this area.
- Report any unexpected changes in your computing devices, such as a new keyboard (when you haven’t ordered one) or any obvious tampering with the CPU.
- Keep data storage media such as external hard drives, USB drives, CDs and DVDs out of sight. Ideally, this storage media will be securely locked away in a drawer or cabinet.
- Keep your backups out of sight and locked away, or use an online backup service.
- Don’t connect unknown devices to your computer as they may contain malware.
Students living in residences or student flats should make sure their backups are encrypted and locked away.