Protect yourself and your data against breaches and cybersecurity attacks

Data breaches and cybersecurity attacks seem increasingly commonplace … but are they really, and what can you do to stop them?

“Yes, they are happening more frequently,” said Monash University’s Chief Information Officer, Trevor Woods.

“As organisations publicly disclose breaches, issues around data security and privacy are receiving more media attention. Although there’s no need for alarm, each of us has a responsibility to understand how to protect both ourselves and the University online.”

The eSolutions team aims to keep Monash safe from unauthorised access to its systems and potential data breaches.Universities are prime targets for cyber attacks due to the types and volumes of data they hold.

Research data and learning resources, such as online journals are very valuable.Universities also hold large amounts of personally identifiable information (PII) of students and staff and account credentials, such as passwords, which are also valuable.

Here's how you can help keep yourself and Monash safe from malicious activity online:


More than 75,000 Monash users are now registered for MFA. The extra security offered by the system, in combination with a secure password, offers the highest protection for University systems and your personal information.


There are some common things to look out for:

  • bad spelling and grammar
  • unusual sentences or weird wording
  • scare tactics (for example, threats of legal action or demanding money)
  • impersonal messages
  • imitating a known brand (for example, an email claiming to be your bank asking for personal information)
  • links that don’t look legitimate when you hover over them
  • unsolicited emails that seem in any way unusual.

Once you’ve registered for MFA and have updated your password, you’ll no longer have to change it every 180 days.