Join us this October for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:29am

This October, UTM Information & Instructional Technology Services (I&ITS) in collaboration with U of T’s Security Matters team have planned a number of events and activities for Cybersecurity Awareness Month in conjunction with other groups across the UTM campus.

Every year during the month of October, organizations around the world work together to raise public awareness around online safety, privacy, and cybersecurity.


Events this month

This month we've planned a variety of events and some of the highlights are listed below. For a complete event listing, please visit our Cybersecurity Awareness Month page.


Cyberbullying and Online Harassment Panel

Join us on October 28, from 10am to noon, for a panel discussion:
Cyberbullying Panel: What to do if it happens to you

Cyberbullying can happen to anyone and includes everything from stalking, threats, and impersonation, to sharing information with the intent to embarrass another person online.

Please join us to learn more about what you can do if you, or someone you know, is experiencing online harassment, including how to report it, what to expect, and other resources.

For more details, visit our Cybersecurity Awareness Month page.


Mobile Device Security Clinics

Throughout the month of October, the UTM Service Desk will be hosting Mobile Device Security Clinics during business hours for the UTM community.

Stop by with your mobile device for a quick security check-up on the following dates and receive a treat for participating:

  • October 1: Setting a PIN on your mobile device
  • October 8: Check your mobile device for updates
  • October 15: Encrypt your mobile device
  • October 22: Security check-up for your mobile device
  • October 31: Security check-up for your mobile device

For more information on the device clinics, visit our Cybersecurity Awareness page.


Daily Cybersecurity Tips on Twitter

Follow @UTMServiceDesk on Twitter for daily tips on how to protect yourself online, including advice on how to secure your devices, online resources, and more.


Security Matters Anti-Phishing Pop-up Booth

On October 29, from 10am to 4pm, U of T’s Security Matters team will be hosting an anti-phishing information booth in Davis Center near Tim Horton’s (across from the elevators).

Visit U of T’s Security Matters website for more details.


Other Events

Keep an eye on our Cybersecurity Awareness Month page for webinars and in-person events hosted by other groups including, webinars from the Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre (CanSSOC), Educause, Centre for Internet Security (CIS), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Women in Cybersecurity event hosted by Palo Alto and Leading Cyber Ladies at the Munk School on the St. George campus.

Visit our Cybersecurity Awareness page for more information on external events.


Get Involved

Include the banner in your email signature

Help promote cybersecurity awareness by using one of the following signatures to use for email communications during the month of October.

Email Signature Option #1 - UTM


Position Title, UTM Information & Instructional Technology Services   416-000-0000 


Get involved! 
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month  
@UTMServiceDesk | 

Email Signature Option #2 - U of T


[YOUR NAME – Arial, bold, size 12], [YOUR TITLE – Arial, size 10]

Tel [PHONE NUMBER - Arial 10] |  [EMAIL - Arial 10]  

CSAM Logo - One team. One Goal.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, learn more: | @uoftcyberaware | @uoftcyberaware uoftcyberaware


Do a Security Check-up

Do a quick online security check-up with Citizen Lab’s Security Planner: just answer a few questions, and receive a list of personalized recommendations on how to protect yourself online.

Security Planner website - Improve your online safety with advice from experts


UTM and U of T Partners

A special thank you to our partners for helping to make 2019 Cybersecurity Awareness Month a success:


Looking for More Information?

Check our Cybersecurity Awareness Month page often for updates on cybersecurity-related events and activities during the month of October.

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