Information security – self-managed computer scan

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As a result of the University’s ongoing work to strengthen our IT infrastructure and systems, information has been found about a specific type of malware that could adversely affect our data and systems unless we act.

For this reason, all owners of self-managed desktops, laptops, and servers should run a scan on their devices using a script developed in-house. This means devices where you or your local IT support teams keep the operating system and software applications up-to-date. If you fall into this category you must read the following guidance and take the appropriate action.

This is not required for University centrally-managed devices as the checks have been done for you. If you are unsure which type of device you have, please speak to your local IT support team.

At the same time, all owners of Mac and Windows devices should ensure their anti-virus software is up-to-date.

Step-by-step guidance for Windows, Mac and Linux based devices is available on the ISG website:

Self-managed computer scan requirement

If you require any help at this stage or the scan returns any error messages, please inform your usual IT support contact, confirming your name, department and type of device you use. If the scan completes without any issues, you do not need to take any further action and can continue to use your device as normal.

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