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Cyber Security Month 2022 recap: U of T community learns how to stay “Secure Together”

Cyber Security Month is an international campaign held every October to highlight the importance of information security and help Canadians understand how to stay safe online. Cyber Security Month 2022 at the University of Toronto was hosted by the Information Security team, in partnership with Education, Awareness & Culture. This year’s campaign offered the community ...

Phishing 101: Spot, report and prevent

Some people may wonder how much damage an email can cause, but did you know that around 90 per cent of cyber incidents occur as a result of a successful phishing attack? With increased reports of cyber attacks around the world, it’s important to know what to do in the event of a phishing attack. ...

Cyber security professionals advise and encourage students to bridge the talent gap

On Sept. 28, 172 engaged post-secondary students from across Ontario gathered in-person at the University of Toronto’s Chesnut Conference Centre and virtually through Microsoft Teams to hear industry professionals discuss the future of the cyber security workforce. U of T partnered with the Government of Ontario’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence to host the Securing ...

Four online safety tips for students going back to school

A new school year is just around the corner! While this is an exciting time for students, it’s also prime time for malicious actors to take advantage of unsuspecting students. Review these simple and effective tips to help you stay safe online and protect yourself, your data and the University.   View the image in ...

Smishing campaigns target Rogers subscribers

Following the nation-wide Rogers outage on July 8, there have been reports of smishing (SMS phishing) campaigns targeting Rogers customers. CTV News recently reported smishing campaigns asking Rogers customers to click on malicious links to receive a service disruption refund. An example of this is a message that a Twitter user received asking him to ...

U of T staff recognized among top women in cyber security

A University of Toronto staff member has been recognized among the Top Women in Cybersecurity Celebration — an initiative that honours the women who have advanced the Canadian security industry. Raphaelle Gauriau, Information Systems Security Manager, SciNet, was nominated by her colleagues for her innovativeness and leadership. Gauriau has dedicated her career to cyber security ...

Secure U of T: New security features to safeguard Office 365 accounts

The University of Toronto recently implemented a series of essential protections to secure data and collaboration tools in Office 365 (O365) as part of advanced threat protection, a Secure U (of T) initiative. Efforts followed an accelerated timeline, as heightened security risks due to the current geo-political situation have amplified the need to enhance our ...

Ransomware: An online menace

Ransomware is a type of malware that can lock users and organizations out of their data and infrastructure. Attackers then demand payment to return access to and not expose affected data. Ransomware has immense impact on any institution — from shutting down operations to losing years of research. Ransomware has become one of the biggest ...

Non-appointed staff and faculty enrolment in UTORMFA

After a successful automatic enrolment process for appointed staff and faculty, Information Security, part of Information Technology Services is now prioritizing getting non-appointed staff and faculty enrolled in U of T’s multi-factor authentication service, UTORMFA. All non-appointed staff and faculty are now encouraged to self-enrol in UTORMFA to ensure further protection to your login. Those ...

Appointed faculty now enrolled in UTORMFA

June 15, 2022 marked the final day of the automatic UTORMFA enrollment process for the University of Toronto’s appointed faculty members, moving us one step closer to a more secure community. To date, 91 per cent of appointed faculty and 95 per cent of appointed staff have enrolled. UTORMFA is part of U of T’s ...