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Data Privacy Day 2022: How to protect your data

Data Privacy Day is an annual reminder to make safeguarding our personal information a priority. At the University of Toronto, data privacy is both a University matter and a personal matter. This means that we can all work together to build, practice and promote safe data privacy practices. Review this infographic to learn how you ...

New phishing email impersonating Information Technology (IT) administration

Phishing emails are designed to trick recipients into taking an action, such as clicking a malicious link or opening a malicious attachment. Hackers may also use tactics like smishing, which attempt to trick the recipients through text messages or SMS. This week, members of the University of Toronto (U of T) community received an email ...

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 ...