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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.

ITS teams share their personal security tips while working remotely

To help inspire and assist others in using caution while working online, ITS teams across the tri-campus community shared their tips and habits about how to practise cyber security while working remotely. We asked: “How are you, personally, and your team collectively practicing cyber security while you work remotely?” This is what we heard back…

Microsoft Teams users: watch for impersonation phishing attack

Microsoft Teams users should be weary of an impersonation phishing attack that is currently circulating. The attack mimics message notifications from the popular communication platform in order to steal Office 365 credentials from unsuspecting users.

Refresh your security practices with ITS’ resource collection

The University of Toronto (U of T) community has access to a variety of resources and educational materials on the topic of cyber security. Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to use these resources to help spread awareness and educate themselves on cyber security best practices for their workspace (at home or in the office), ...