Secure Together: 2021 Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign

Cyber Security Awareness Month is an international campaign held every October to help raise awareness about the simple steps Canadians can take to stay safe online. 2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of the campaign. The University of Toronto (U of T) is pleased to partner with the Communications Security Establishment and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) to help the tri-campus community stay secure together.

U of T: Secure Together

Effective information security is an essential part of staying safe in our increasingly virtual world. By learning about information security and making simple changes to how we connect, work and learn online, we can all better protect our data and privacy.

Throughout October, there will be many opportunities for U of T staff, faculty and students to learn how to stay secure together.

Explore our resources page to start learning now, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for additional tips throughout October.  

Cyber Security Awareness Month events

U of T is hosting and participating in a variety of events for staff, faculty and students that we encourage you to join. Sign up now!

Coffee with the CISO: Let's talk information security

Oct. 14, 2021

Open to U of T students only.

Do you have questions about the information security sector? Are you thinking about a career in information security? Are you interested in how U of T is navigating the evolution of ever-changing technology?

Grab a coffee and join us in a virtual event hosted by Isaac Straley, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), for an informal and open conversation. This session will feature a brief presentation from Isaac followed by a 40-minute interactive Q&A. Bring your questions and come ready to chat with the CISO!

Coffee with the CISO: Information security over the past decade

Oct. 22, 2021

Open to U of T faculty and staff only.

How has the information security sector grown over the last decade? What initiatives has U of T implemented to adapt to these changes? How is information security an enabler, and what are the best ways to navigate the landscape of secure computing?

Join us at this virtual event hosted by Isaac Straley, CISO, for an open conversation about the challenges and accomplishments of the information security sector. Grab a coffee and engage in a brief presentation followed by an 40-minute interactive Q&A session with the CISO.

Secure Together virtual panel event

Oct. 26, 2021

Open to U of T students, faculty and staff.

In this one-hour virtual panel event, you will hear from experts in information security and workforce infrastructures, nation state threats and governmental policy.

Speakers include Abdullah Alagha, Cloud Security Consulting Lead, Accenture and Cybersecurity Instructor, U of T; Ron Deibert, Director, The Citizen Lab, U of T; and Julia Le, Senior Manager, Education and Centre of Excellence, Government of Ontario.

Building Cyber Resilience Conference – Oct. 6

Hosted by the Cyber Security Division of the Ontario Public Service, this virtual conference is geared to senior IT executives, security professionals and change management leaders working in public sector organizations.

Interested in attending? Visit the conference website to register.

U of T’s Information Security team is sponsoring this conference. Isaac Straley, Chief Information Security Officer, is a member of the MGCS’s Cyber Security Expert Panel and will be speaking at the conference.