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Are you interested in becoming a Security Champion?

By Daniela Cooper, on 21 September 2023

Did you know that over 80% of data breaches are caused by Human error? With so many emails and so much data to send and process, it can be easy to mistakenly send an email to the wrong person which is the cause of many data breaches. It’s just as easy to click on a link without considering whether it came from a safe sender, or to not see the signs of a spoofed email that appears as if it’s from a colleague.

Increasing awareness of these issues and others like them can be one of the most effective ways to promote defence against cyber attacks and to reduce data breaches. For this reason, at UCL we are recruiting Security Champions who will help us with promoting awareness, as well as providing us with a link to all the different faculties and departments within UCL.

What is a Security Champion?

A Security Champion is someone who works within their department in order to promote cyber security awareness. This is done in a variety of ways, including distributing messages, content and reminders locally to their department.

In order to prepare for this role, a Security Champion is given a briefing from the Information Security Group and the Data Protection team so that they can familiarise themselves with the available resources, objectives and themes of the programme. Following this they can introduce themselves to their department in their new role and outline their plans. Throughout the role, periodic training and briefings are provided  to ensure that they can stay up to date on available content and resources.

As part of the ongoing role, Security Champions are expected to:

  • Attend meetings within their departments to promote security and raise any discovered issues.
  • Deliver messages and other content throughout the term as friendly reminders to remain vigilant against suspicious communications.
  • Attend Security Champions network meetings with other departments in order to report back, share ideas and receive updates.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then please contact us at ISG via our email address: isg@ucl.ac.uk. Please be aware that this role is expected to take up approximately one day  per term. At present, this role is for staff only.

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