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Enable multi-factor authentication to stay secure

Enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a simple step you can take to protect yourself from information security threats like ransomware and password theft. MFA works by adding an additional layer of security on top of your password, such as authentication through a mobile device or hardware token. The University of Toronto (U of T) offers ...

Sign up for Cyber Security Awareness Month events!

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, an internationally recognized campaign held annually to spread awareness about the importance of information security and encourage Canadians to use best practices. 2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of the campaign, and the Information Technology Services’ (ITS) Information Security team is hosting a variety of virtual events to show you how ...

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Let’s get secure together

News about data breaches, phishing scams and other information security incidents has become all too common, especially with the increase of remote working and learning. That’s why effective information security is an essential part of staying safe in our increasingly virtual world. Every year, as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM), the University of ...

The risk is real: Expect ransomware

In recent weeks, there has been a significant increase in successful ransomware attacks. As members of a large institution, it is important for the University of Toronto (U of T) community to understand the risk of ransomware attacks and how to protect ourselves.

Cyber security news roundup: Ransomware is on the rise

Cyber security attacks continue to be a hot topic in local, national and international news coverage. Here is a brief roundup of some of the most interesting recent news items from the past few months.

Updated Student Resources web page hosts cyber security education and information

The Student Resources web page has been updated and includes cyber security education, events and professional development opportunities.

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.