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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

Survey: share your cyber security experiences

This year alone, the cost of cyber crime is estimated at $1.5 trillion, while the revenue for cyber criminals reaches $4.5 trillion[1]. We want to hear from University of Toronto (U of T) staff and students about your experiences and knowledge related to information and cyber security. Please take a couple minutes to fill out ... Read More

2018 Cyber Security Awareness Contest

Calling all aspiring artists and marketing mavens… It’s time to get creative with cyber security awareness! To celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), the education and awareness team is hosting a contest from Oct. 11 to 31, on behalf of the entire Information Technology Services (ITS) division. Prizes will be awarded to the top two ... Read More

Cyber Security Awareness Month tip sheets

In today’s connected world, everyone can benefit from incorporating small cyber security practices into their daily lives. Keeping your work and personal information safe from cyber criminals accessing, changing and/or destroying it is everyone’s responsibility. For example, did you know that the most common way to spread malicious software is through attachments? Stop, think before ... Read More

Facebook data breach aftermath: how to protect yourself

On Sept. 28, 2018, Facebook experienced the largest data breach in its history, allowing hackers access to approximately 50 million users’ accounts. The attackers exploited bugs in the “view as” feature, which gave them access and potential control of the accounts. In most cases of a data breach, it is difficult to tell whose credentials ... Read More

Be on alert – it’s Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 1, 2018 October is national Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Information Technology Services (ITS) division is spreading the word to the University of Toronto (U of T) community. Students, staff and faculty are all invited to join in a number of activities that will help keep you, your data and the university secure. ... Read More

Canadian Revenue Agency impersonations scams are on the rise

Recent reports including one from 680 News indicate that the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) received more than 10,000 complaints regarding fraud, and 688 people reported being defrauded $2.7 million from malicious people impersonating the CRA. The attacks are very effective because they elicit panic and fear, give the victim very little time to perform tasks, ... Read More