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Updated information security awareness resources available

Spreading awareness and education around cyber security best practices in your classroom, academic space and/or office setting just got easier.   The Security Matters educational resources have recently been revamped to offer the University of Toronto (U of T) community a more streamlined and accessible collection of digital materials. Staff, student, faculty and other interested parties can access the resource page to download quick facts, redesigned tip sheets, PowerPoint ... Read More

Phishing schemes to beware of this holiday season

Along with the holiday season comes the imminent arrival of new cyber security scams. These annual scams are socially engineered to manipulate a generous spirit, festive cheer and the high-anxiety of holiday shopping into lucrative privacy leaks and data breaches. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports that spoofed websites, fake shipping notifications, festive e-cards, travel scams and targeted cyber attacks against seniors are among the 12 most ... Read More

Dell resets customer passwords following attempted breach

Following a Nov. 9 cyber security incident, last week Dell announced it is resetting all customers’ passwords. The unauthorized activity detected by Dell involved an attempt to steal customer information, including names, email addresses and hashed passwords. The initial investigation found no evidence that the hackers succeeded to extract any information. However, Dell decided to ... Read More

Phishing attacks targeting administration on the rise

On Nov. 16, University of Toronto (U of T) staff reported suspicious emails sent from accounts belonging to University administrators. The emails contained a request for recipients to purchase gift cards with their personal credit card with reimbursement promised in the near future. The emails were “spoofed” – meaning the display name and domain URL ... Read More

Connecting with the community at information security events

Over the past two years, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the information security and enterprise architecture (ISEA) team have held a variety of outreach events to educate the University of Toronto audience about information security. This opportunity to connect with the community one-on-one and in-person is key and often results in event attendees sharing their ... Read More

Guide to managing mobile app permissions

It’s important to pay attention to what you’re installing on your mobile device and the kind of permissions you enable, especially when granting access to your microphone or camera. You should audit your phone regularly to verify that your apps only have access to the parts of your phone they need in order to function. ... Read More

U of T experts discuss cyber security with staff and students

Cyber security awareness matters every day -that was the theme of the panel discussion hosted by Information Technology Services (ITS) on Oct. 10 at the Bahen Centre. An audience of 39 (26 in-person and 13 online) engaged with an expert panel about a range of cyber security-related topics. The expert panel included Sue McGlashan (information ... Read More

Google Plus shuts down following data breach

On Oct. 8th, 2018, Google Plus announced it is shutting down its social network for consumers, citing a security breach that may have affected up to 500,000 user accounts. This closure comes on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that Google failed to disclose the breach, which exposed users’ names, email addresses, occupations, ... Read More

Cyber-criminal scams often target youth and seniors

This October, during Cyber Security Awareness Month, we encourage you to protect your personal and the University of Toronto’s sensitive data. However, we also want to remind you to take cyber security knowledge home and share it with your family members -some of whom may be especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Often those most exposed to ... Read More

Information security pop-up booth engages students at UTSU street festival

On September 12, under sunny skies, another University of Toronto Students Union (UTSU) street festival took place along St. George Street. In the midst of the excitement, we had the pleasure of hosting our security matters booth, a collaboration between Information Technology Services’ (ITS) education and awareness team and information security and enterprise architecture (ISEA). ... Read More