Cyber safety was set up as part of national and international legislation.
Besides the European privacy regulation, national codes of conduct exist which are aimed at protecting the privacy of research data. Scientific research in which personal information is processed falls under the GDPR. If the scientific research extends to personal medical data, adjoining legislation also applies, such as the Medical Research Act. This means that the use of data must comply with additional conditions. Special codes of conduct have been set up nationally to help researchers act in line with this legislation. Click on the links below for these codes.
The University of Twente has defined agreements and applications in policy and codes of conduct, aimed at creating an IT environment with responsible and safe IT and internet use on the one hand while maintaining sufficient privacy of the users on the other. Furthermore, standards have been set up that contribute to user-friendliness, recognition and uniformity when using websites, email addresses, sharing files across various devices (such as laptops, phones, USB sticks or hard discs) or applications.
Staff, students, third parties and guests can access the university’s IT service departments with an IT account. Procedures and automation ensure IT accounts are created, changed or terminated on time, as this contributes to online safety. When an IT account is terminated, personal data is removed, the registration by HR and the Centre for Educational Support is leading for staff and students, respectively. The IT accounts are intended for applications and IT resources used on or for the university. An extensive description of the various personal accounts used at this university can be found in the ABC of service departments.
You can log onto the university network with a single sign-on. You only need to log on once to access all applications, both online and offline. Although this is very convenient, it also holds some risks. If you leave your workplace without locking the computer, anyone can use your applications, with possibly disastrous consequences. Therefore you should always activate a screen protector, even if you are only away for a moment.
Your IT account is password-protected. You can choose your own password, but it has to meet some requirements. You can find the rules for passwords in the password policy. A password is valid for no more than one year. If the university’s security requires it, a shorter time period can be set. You can change your password through the TAP application (Twente Account Provisioning).
If someone asks you for your password, report it to us using the button at the bottom of this page. Passwords should never be requested and we certainly will never ask for your password.