Recognizing cyber security — remotely

Posted on October 20, 2020 by

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM). Each year this campaign provides us with an excuse to reflect on the ongoing risks and to brush up on the ways we can enhance our personal and collective safety.

With the extreme circumstances brought on by the COVID pandemic this year, we have had to look at security in a new light and examine the most effective ways to adapt. With this in mind, this year’s University of Toronto (U of T) CSAM campaign focuses on the programs and resources available to the University community that are helping us adapt to these unfamiliar, remote times. Our 2020 theme is: Remote Security Matters.

With a focus on new and enhanced programs like UTORMFA, the new U of T multi-factor authentication (MFA) service and Information Risk Self-Assessment (IRSA), we have been providing a variety of resources and materials to help educate and prepare both the at-home and on-campus communities.

Still to come this month, we have a few more virtual events for the tri-campus community:

On Oct. 21, the Information Security team is hosting a webinar panel where they will discuss their unique and individual roles in protecting the U of T community. This is a great opportunity to put a face and a name to who is protecting you and learn exactly how they are doing it.

On Oct. 28, the Information Security and Data Governance teams will host a discussion on the new Data Asset Inventory IRSA (DAI-IRSA) program and provide information on how to enrol in this important new program.

To end off the campaign, our partners at UTM are hosting the inaugural Secure Together conference on Oct. 29, a virtual tri-campus information security conference featuring more than 30 guest speakers.


I encourage you to review all the resources from this year’s campaign to continue educating yourself and participate in some fun and interesting events.