In October, Get Cyber Safe!

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2020

Once again, uOttawa is holding the Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. We will help you become more secure online by sharing internal and external resources available to protect yourself, and your devices.

Over the years, uOttawa deployed several security measures to reduce the risks of cyber attacks. We encourage the community to remain vigilant and consume the cyber security resources shared during the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2020.

A simulated phishing campaign will take place this month
Stay alert, don't get hooked! To test our readiness, users will be sent a simulated phishing email that imitates a real attack. If you suspect phishing, use the Report message button in Outlook.

Discover our weekly themes: 

Let's begin - cyber safe

Taking stock
From October 1 to 3, we invite you to take stock. Take the time to think about your devices and how important they are for your everyday actions. Let's appreciate them and ensure you update their system and reboot them often. 

Have you activated Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?
Is your account secure? MFA is an additional service in the authentication process. It validates the identity of the user accessing online systems and applications.

Learn more

Did you complete the Digital self-defence training (employees only)
With cybersecurity risks becoming more prevalent, the University is now requiring that all support staff, full- and part-time professors complete the online digital self-defence security training. Security is everyone’s responsibility. We must increase understanding about security threats and how to deal with them, to protect student, employee, research and financial data.

It's now possible to register for a group training session via Teams. Learn more

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week 2

At uOttawa, we use many applications that help us accomplish our duties. Information Technology makes sure they are safe for our community to use. 

I want MFA!
Do you have some questions or would like support? Visit our MFA page.

Sending sensitive information? Use LiquidFiles
uOttawa Liquidfiles is an online secure file transfer service to facilitate sending large and/or confidential and sensitive files/folders to any email address securely and quickly.

Learn more

Store and edit your files with OneDrive
Achieve more with Office 365 One Drive. Any time, any place, any device. Take your files with you wherever you go.

Tips: Increase the security of your OneDrive by setting an expiration date for the shared links.

Download OneDrive 

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week 3 working remotely

As more staff and academic community work/study from home, the use of remote access technology increases and cyber threats may attempt to take advantage of this new context. Make sure you work from a distance, properly.

Read our IT Security Guidelines for working remotely
Remote working can leave your business IT network, systems and devices vulnerable. The first step for managing security when working remotely is to understand where there are risks. You should understand how your actions may compromise security and what steps you must take to protect University networks and systems.

Learn more

You might need to use the VPN sometimes
If you want to access secured resources on the uOttawa network (employees only), use Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or enable a Remote Desktop connection (RDC), learn how to use the VPN

The portal allows University of Ottawa students to use their personal computers to gain secure remote access to computers and software from selected university labs. 

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: You will need to self-enrol your account for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) before you can proceed with remote access to University labs.

Enrol your account for MFA now

week 4 data privacy

Data privacy is the idea to give people the means to control how their data is used and who has access to it.

Are you a phish? Discover now

Use the Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR)
Set up your recovery email now so we can send any password resets directly to an email of your choice. Ready to secure your account? Simply use one of our tools to reset your personal account or departmental account.

Learn more

Recommended reading

week 5 summary

We hope you learned something this month and you're ready to keep up the good work. We still have a few activities coming up and a quiz to challenge your knowledge about cyber security. 

Don't forget to report suspicious emails
Keep your email account secure by reporting any suspicious email. Quick reporting of phishing or emails that appear suspicious, helps reduce the success of malicious campaigns and helps us improve our filters.

Are you a fish? Discover now

October 28 - Data Security Seminar
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 now

We're pretty sure that you have become a bit of cyber security expert. Take this quiz to find out and feel free to share it with your colleagues and friends.

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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.

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