Report an incident

Reporting an Incident to OxCERT

Security Incidents

Please contact OxCERT via email on for urgent inquiries contact the team at +44 1865 282 222 or phone extension 82 222. 

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When reporting the incident provide as much detail as possible including:

  • Affected system and users (hostname, IP address, user names and account types)
  • Date the incident occurred
  • Symptoms
  • Impact
  • Has the incident been handled or do you need support?
  • Are there any mitigations in place?
  • Is personal or sensitive personal data at risk?

Suspect Phishing Messages

If you wish to report a phishing or other malicious email, please forward the message to and tell us whether or not you:

Please note that the suspect phishing reporting service cannot respond to reports of spam messages or other forms of unsolicited email.

To reduce phishing incidents we are updating the University (SSO) log-in process. Find out more information about the changes to how you log-in.

Responsible Disclosure 

If you wish to report a discovered vulnerability please notify so that we can take action. Please provide the following information:

  • Your contact details, ideally an email address.
  • The affected URL/IP address and the type of vulnerability found. 
  • Please give enough detail to enable us to reproduce the flaws so that it can be remediated as soon as possible. 

Whilst we are grateful for helpful responsible disclosures, the University of Oxford as a charity does not operate a formal bug bounty recognition programme. The University of Oxford issues only in very rare circumstances a letter of recognition for exceptionally high quality bug reports

Working with OxCERT

When a security incident takes place, there are specific steps to take when working with OxCERT – the University's Computer Emergency Response Team. This process is used for reporting significant security events, such as the following:

  • Unauthorised access or data breaches
  • Disclosure of access credentials
  • Acceptable use policy breaches
  • Malware or intrusions involving systems that process or store sensitive information
  • Intrusions that involve more than one system (lateral movement)
  • Incidents that represent a significant risk to a department or the campus
  • Advanced malware such as ransomware, remote access trojans (RAT), info stealers, etc
  • Physical data compromise or loss, e.g. theft or loss of computer equipment including storage devices.

If you are IT Support Staff or a senior college/departmental officer or administrator, working with OxCERT will

  • Manage security incidents at the University of Oxford
  • Combat rising security and accountability risks
  • Reduce associated costs

If you are not a system administrator and suspect a violation of your computer's security has occurred, contact your department's or college's IT support staff immediately. In case you are unable to contact your local support team, please do not hesitate to contact OxCERT directly.