ITS teams share their personal security tips while working remotely

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The recent shift to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic has also caused a spike in malicious online targeting. Practising safe cyber security is more important than ever. To help inspire and assist others in using caution while working online, Information Technology Services (ITS) teams across the tri-campus 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…

Tip #1:

I work on a desktop device that is not used by any other member of my family.

Tip #2:

The device I work on is patched and updated to the most recent operating system.

Tip #3:

I use the UTORvpn service when connecting to sensitive University of Toronto (U of T) services.

Tip #4:

I use the UTORMFA service and do not set the ‘remember’ option.

Tip #5:

I run a regular backup of my remote device.

Tip #6:

I do not download sensitive information to my remote device; instead I work on documents stored in O365.

Tip #7:

Our team uses O365 services to share documentation. Also, we use to share sensitive docs with non-U of T destinations.

Tip #8:

I use a webcam cover on my devices when not using video.

Tip #9:

Be careful when sharing URLs to webinars and meetings with external parties. Use guest functions properly.

Tip #10:

I recommend using the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Canadian Shield, a free DNS firewall service that provides online privacy and security.


For more tips and resources, visit the Remote Security Matters page.