Don't let your holidays be hacked

(18-12-2019) IT security is at least as important on the road as within the buildings of Ghent University. We give you some basic tips.

Ghent University staff members and students are active worldwide. It is quite normal to go "online" abroad, with work-related or personal IT devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.). IT security is therefore always and everywhere very important.

DICT is already taking many measures today to secure data and systems, but IT security is a task for everyone. A good first step is to respect some basic guidelines for IT safety hygiene when traveling:

  • Always make a secure VPN connection for access to the UGentNet. Normally the UGent VPN icon (gray globe) is standard on your desktop. Just click, enter password and you are gone.
  • Make sure your operating system and software are up-to-date, because that way you immediately have the latest security features. Usually, updates happen automatically. You can also choose to do a software update on your tablet or smartphone at settings. If you have any questions about this, contact the DICT Helpdesk.
  • Encrypt your local storage media, eg with Bitlocker. This is installed by default on recent devices by DICT. If you do not yet have a Bitlocker on your PC, you will find more information about its activation here.

Is there a security risk or incident during your trip? Do not hesitate and contact the DICT Helpdesk as soon as possible.

Do you know the general guidelines of the information security policy?

The guidelines for working safely with IT resources from Ghent University's information security policy are generally valid, both for work from the office, at home or abroad. The short document "10 points for working safely with IT resources" is handy to go through.

Also take the brochure "Travel security" recently published by the Belgian government. How to protect your data abroad ’. You will find a lot of advice for better protection of data during journeys abroad.

Any questions?

Then contact the DICT Helpdesk.