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Five data breaches that made headlines in 2021

Data breaches and ransomware have become massive risks costing large losses to both individuals and organizations around the world. IBM reported that 2021 saw the highest average cost of a data breach in the last 17 years, with the cost rising from $3.86 million to $4.24 million USD on an annual basis. As we prepare ...

Join us to celebrate Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28!

Data Privacy Day, celebrated on Jan. 28 each year, is an international campaign that empowers individuals and institutions to respect privacy and safeguard information. On Jan. 28, University of Toronto’s (U of T) Information Technology Services (ITS) division is hosting a virtual panel event: Impact of evolving technology and privacy laws in higher education. In ...

You’ve got a new voicemail (phishing) email!

As remote work and online classes are increasingly becoming a gateway for advanced cybercrimes, it is important that members of the University of Toronto (U of T) community stay aware of how to spot and report phishing attacks. This week, members of the U of T community including employees, faculty and students received a voicemail-to-email ...

Mark your calendar for Data Privacy Day 2022!

Data Privacy Day is celebrated worldwide every year on Jan. 28 to raise awareness about technology and privacy rights, including the importance of safeguarding our personal information. The Information Technology Services (ITS) division is leading a Data Privacy Day 2022 campaign to raise awareness and educate the University of Toronto (U of T) tri-campus community ...

Building a security-aware culture

The University of Toronto (U of T) has partnered with Canadian Internet Registration Authority and ORION to pilot a Information Security Awareness Training platform for delivering information security awareness courses. “The Information Security Awareness Training pilot is part of our larger efforts to build a security-aware culture across the University and equip staff, faculty and students with the knowledge needed to ...

Cyber Security Awareness Month 2021 recap: Staying secure together

Believing that cyber security is a shared responsibility, the University of Toronto (U of T) community celebrated another Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) this October. CSAM is an internationally recognized annual campaign that aims to educate individuals and institutions about the ever-changing field of cyber security and encourage best security practices. For CSAM’s 10th anniversary, ...

‘Tis the season to shop safe online

The holiday season is a lucrative time for online retailers and a vulnerable time for online shoppers. As many people take advantage of holiday deals and shop online, hackers take advantage of this time of the year to steal sensitive and confidential information. With the increased number of phishing attacks in recent weeks, it’s important ...

New wave of phishing attacks

Access to a diverse range of data from sensitive personal information to confidential research data, has made the University of Toronto (U of T) a popular target for various cyber-threats including phishing. Last week, more phishing attempts were reported as targeting the U of T community. The rising occurrence of phishing campaigns should serve as ...

Surge of phishing attacks at the University of Toronto

Social engineering is designed to evade common security setups by targeting the people inside organizations — relying on human error as the weak link. While hackers’ approaches behind social engineering may differ in form, their goals are all very similar: identity theft, data breaches, ransomware attacks and more. Phishing, one of the most popular forms ...

Beware of ‘COVID-19 Support Team’ phishing email

The battle against phishing attacks is an ongoing, daily task. Though we are equipped with highly-sophisticated and advanced tools for protection, hackers retaliate by evolving their techniques to evade these protections. It is important to continually educate ourselves and maintain awareness about phishing attacks to ensure our individual and institutional data remains protected. Hackers use ...