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The risk is real: Expect ransomware

In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in successful ransomware attacks. As members of a large institution, it is important for the University of Toronto (U of T) community to understand the risk of ransomware attacks and how to protect ourselves.

Cyber security news roundup: Ransomware is on the rise

Cyber security attacks continue to be a hot topic in local, national and international news coverage. Here is a brief roundup of some of the most interesting recent news items from the past few months.

Updated Student Resources web page hosts cyber security education and information

The Student Resources web page has been updated and includes cyber security education, events and professional development opportunities.

Protect your privacy — Data Privacy Day tip sheet

In today’s remote landscape, we can all benefit from incorporating small cyber security practices into our daily lives. Take the Data Privacy Day challenge — review and take these three steps to protect your privacy as we work and learn from home.

2020’s biggest data breaches and lessons learned

We celebrate Data Privacy Day each year to highlight the value and trends in data privacy. Here are five big data breaches that made the news in 2020 and lessons learned.

Cyber security news roundup: A widespread malware threat, ransomware attacks and phishing scams

In an increasingly digital world, cyber security issues are an inevitable (and ever-growing) part of the landscape. As a result of COVID-19’s increased effect on security breaches, this continues to be a hot topic in news coverage. Here is a brief roundup of some of the most interesting recent news items from the past month.

Shop securely this holiday season

As technology advances and the current pandemic forces a virtual approach to everyday tasks, online shopping is becoming a more accessible and common method of purchasing gifts and everyday items. This societal shift has caused an uptick in social engineering attacks as hackers take advantage of this reliance on our devices.

CSAM 2020 recap: U of T community engages in virtual events and activities

Throughout the month of October, hundreds of University of Toronto (U of T) staff, students and faculty sharpened their knowledge of remote security by participating in U of T’s virtual Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) events and activities. CSAM, an internationally recognized initiative, is hosted annually at U of T by ITS’ Information Security (IS) ...

Coffee with the CISO — student session

U of T students are invited to meet and have a conversation with U of T’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Isaac Straley, who will discuss his role as CISO, careers in Information Security and how data privacy and security relates to our higher education environment.

CSAM Trivia: week 4 — test your knowledge!

What have you learned about cyber security from this week's University of Toronto CSAM resources and material? Show off your knowledge by playing week two of a four-week trivia challenge! Each successful participant will be entered into a raffle to win an Amazon gift card.