Cyber Security Awareness Month is here!

Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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Let’s start this month with basic security tips and tools that will help you reinforce your knowledge of cyber security and add extra security to your accounts and data.
Cyber Security Awareness Month Launch

Take stock and action - What is cybersecurity, and why should it concern you?

As cyber threats continue to rise, effective cyber security practices protect yourself and the against cyber-attacks.

Why is security important?

  • Good security practices help protect yourself
  • You can use those same practices to help protect the University

Digital Self-Defence training

This training takes you through fundamentals and best practices to protect University information and devices against digital attacks. Online courses via Teams are taking place October 26, November 30, and December 14, 2021 for uOttawa employees. Learn more about the course and register.

Online security presentations

A Cyber Security Awareness month exclusive: short presentations led by the experts behind protecting the University, its resources, and you. Security is a key skill for today’s workforce, register for an online presentations to learn about today’s threats and how to avoid them.

Data privacy week

In week two of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we look at why and how we keep data safe and ways to avoid unauthorized access. We will also look at how to integrate it into your daily routine.

Don’t share your password! Tips on how to choose a password and username

Your passwords are key to your protection against cybercriminals. Find out more about what makes a password strong and secure (PDF 100MB) and other security best practices.

Data privacy

It is important to know how well our information is protected and how to keep our data safe and secure. To do this, we need to understand what data privacy is and how it protects us. Learn more about data privacy and how to do your part.

Your email

Bad agents want to infect your computer to gain access to your data and the University resources. You are the first line of defence against those threats. To help you, we have email disclaimers. Disclaimers warn you of external emails to encourage you to be more cautious with the content of the message and its attachments.

Student IT Care

  • Your password is important, but it is not only defence against hackers. Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Learn more about what MFA is, how it helps secure your data, and how to set it up.
  • Still not sure about MFA? Have questions? We are offering a weekly Question/Answer session every Thursday, starting October 7, from 11 a.m to 12 p.m. Attend this session to see an MFA enrolment demo and troubleshoot your issues with the process. No registration needed, just drop-in!

Protecting Data from an IM, IT Security, and Privacy Perspective

October 12 | Students and employees | 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Online

Join us for an expert panel discussion of university experts regarding the protection of the University’s most valuable (and vulnerable) asset, its DATA, from an Information Management, IT Security, and Privacy perspective. Each expert will explain their role within the University, emerging threats, and how you can help the University in protecting its data. Following the presentation, the floor will be open for questions and answers.

Applications week

Welcome to Applications Week. We will explore a variety of applications offered by the University. Learn more about what they do and how to use them, and how they are incorporated with your uOttawa account to offer you more security.

Office MS 365

MS Teams

  • Microsoft Teams is the collaborative tool of choice of the University. From teachers to students, and support staff, everyone uses it to communicate and share. Its more than a chat app. You can share, create, modify documents, and more. Learn about Microsoft Teams or learn about unique features, such as looking for a uOttawa contact.

Resources and Support

Liquidfiles

  • Did you know we have a file-sharing service? You might find yourself trying to send a file through email and not being able due to its size. Or do you need a file sharing solution for private and sensitive documents. You can use uOttawa LiquidFiles to send those files securely. It comes with a variety of security features and you can send up to 10Gb of data at once!

Student IT Care

  • Your password is important, but it is not only defence against hackers. Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Learn more about what MFA is, how it helps secure your data, and how to set it up.
  • Still not sure about MFA? Have questions? We are offering a weekly Question/Answer session every Thursday, starting October 7, from 11 a.m to 12 p.m. Attend this session to see an MFA enrolment demo and troubleshoot your issues with the process. No registration needed, just drop-in!
Working securely/remotely

You’ve made it through the month! For this last week, we will talk about working securely and remotely. Need to reset your password or recover your account? Looking to access University resources from home? You are in the right place!

The dangers of phishing and how to protect yourself

Are you aware of the dangers of phishing? This cyber-attack is everywhere and can lead to data damage or worse, loss of your personal information, such as your bank account password. Learn more about phishing and how to prevent it from wreaking havoc in your cyber life.

StudentLabs

Are you a student trying to securely access University resources and data? StudentLabs is a tool that lets you access University computing labs and software from your personal computer.

Wi-Fi

Free wireless access is available to all uOttawa employees, students and visitors on campus through eduroam.

Visit our page to learn how to connect to the network. While you are there, look at how to secure your wireless connection.

SSPR

Did you know you can reset your own password or recover your account by visiting the Microsoft Online Password Reset. It is easy, fast, and does not require waiting in a queue or extra support. Learn more about what your account is used for.

VPN

Are you working from outside the campus? Not sure if you have or need access to the Virtual Private Network (VPN)? Learn more about accessing secured uOttawa resources with VPN, and how to install it and use it.

Student IT Care

  • Your password is important, but it is not only defence against hackers. Multi-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Learn more about what MFA is, how it helps secure your data, and how to set it up.
  • Still not sure about MFA? Have questions? We are offering a weekly Question/Answer session every Thursday, starting October 7, from 11 a.m to 12 p.m. Attend this session to see an MFA enrolment demo and troubleshoot your issues with the process. No registration needed, just drop-in!

Online presentations offering

  • Coffee with the CISO

Student Session: October 25, 2021 | 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Online | Free

Employees Session: October 26, 2021 | 11 am - 12 pm | Online | Free

Come to meet our new CISO, Nicolas Buache, in a non-technical discussion. He’s going to talk about why to protect your home and family, and why everyone has a role to play protecting the University. You will be provided with some specific examples and tips you that can use every day. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and be engaged in the discussion. Register for the student presentation or Register for employees presentation.

  • Data Security Seminar

October 27 | 10 am – 11:30 am | Online | Free

Be aware. Stay secure. Join Jarno van der Kolk to learn more about tools you can use to prevent the theft of your data and possibly of your identity. Other topics of discussion will be common hacking attempts, how to recognize them, and how to avoid having your data compromised, stolen, or destroyed. We will also talk about data encryption and tips for when travelling with electronic devices. Register for the Data Security Seminar.

Report a suspicious email

Your inbox, is an easy entry point for malware and bad actors. You might recognize a tampered or phishing email, but did you know there’s a tool to report suspicious emails and increase the security of everyone’s email?

Learn more about the ‘Report message’ button and start using it right away.

Canadian Fraud Center

The University is not the only organization that takes fraud and scams very seriously. The Government of Canada is always working to protect you and your assets from fraud.

Learn more about how fraud and scams affect Canadians and how to protect yourself from them via the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Get Cyber Safe!

Get Cyber Safe is a national public awareness campaign created to inform Canadians about cyber security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online. Follow, like, and share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

We hope you enjoyed learning about cyber security at the University of Ottawa! If you’ve followed along, you’ve taken the right steps to protect your data, learn about new apps and tools, and increase the safety of your accounts and information. Interested in more? Visit the IT security website.
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