Security has become a top concern in universities. As hackers become more sophisticated, their attacks are more damaging and harmful to everyone. The University of Ottawa is not immune. Our daily reliance on computers contributes to the increased risk the organization faces and the likelihood of confidential or restricted information falling into the wrong hands. A framework for IT security risk reduction is truly necessary. In the upcoming year and likely beyond, we will be undertaking a series of initiatives to increase the protection of the University and solidify our wall against malicious attempts. This is on top of existing solutions and initiatives already in place.
Different areas of the University have been identified as requiring one or more of these protections. In the upcoming weeks and months as we roll out the initiatives, we will be contacting the sectors to explain in more detail the work that will be undertaken and the changes associated with the initiatives.
Here are some of the major undertakings at this time:
- Disk encryption is designed to encrypt all the contents of a hard drive such as data files, applications settings, executables, applications and the operating system (for non-teaching staff)
- Workstation Security Optimization focuses to reduce the introduction of malware on machines (for non-teaching staff)
- Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) focuses on reducing multiple risks surrounding authentication and access to systems and applications (for all employees)
- Privileged Access Management (PAM) is mainly aimed at select staff within Information Technology, faculties and services who need to administer servers (for non-teaching staff)
Reducing systemic IT security risks are necessary in the climate we face.