Cyber security is a priority at UQ

Universities hold very significant information assets and the University sector in Australia is at risk of being targeted by cyber criminals. The recent ANU data breach highlights the reality of this threat, and reinforces the importance of secure and mature cyber security practices.

Cyber security is a priority at UQ, and we are continuing to invest significantly in a Security Improvements Program to further enhance our cyber security strength. Information Technology Services (ITS) has mature cyber security infrastructure, and continuously undertakes measures to increase UQ’s cyber-resilience and keep you protected, ensuring we adapt as the threat landscape evolves. 

How you can help keep data secure

Whilst ITS plays a leading role in the management and protection of these assets, the role of individuals is crucial. By following the three simple steps below you can help keep your data and UQ cyber-secure.

  1. Don’t use your UQ password for other non-UQ accounts.
    ‘Password stuffing’ is becoming increasingly common – cyber criminals will gain credential data from a compromised site, and try this combination to log on to other accounts.
  2. Be wary of phishing (fraudulent emails).
    Follow the ‘How to spot a scam’ tips on UQ’s Cyber security website.
  3. Reboot your PC regularly.
    Important updates and patches that will protect you from cyber threats require reboots for installation.

ANU data breach

ANU has recently detected unauthorised access to significant amounts of personal staff, student and visitor data.  If you have had an association with ANU and have any questions or concerns about your ANU data, please visit

If you have any questions about cyber security visit the cyber security website or contact the ITS Service Desk.