About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, people, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal processes in our digital world.

Because Cybersecurity threats can impact your studies and personal lives, we need to work together to protect your data, as well as the University.

Cybersecurity at the University of Melbourne

You may not know that in Australia, and globally, tertiary education is one of the sectors most affected by cybercrime.

The University is working to uplift and bolster our current cybersecurity capability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyberthreats. New cybersecurity threats are discovered all the time and as soon as one threat is identified, a new one takes its place.

A cybersecure University of Melbourne is one where we’ve reduced our vulnerability to cyberthreats while balancing our need for openness, autonomy and collaboration. Taking a risk based approach to cybersecurity means we can better balance these needs while still managing our risk exposure.

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