UTM Recap: Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019
Throughout the month of October, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus participated in Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM): an annual international event that takes place every October to raise awareness around online safety, privacy, and cybersecurity.
2019 CSAM Partners
This year we partnered with multiple groups on campus, including U of T’s Security Matters team, UTM Student Affairs & Services, UTM Campus Police Services, UTM Equity & Diversity Office, Tri-Campus Sexual Violence & Prevention Support Centre, and the Collaborative Research Space in the Maanjiwe nendamowinan building.
2019 CSAM Highlights
On October 28, I&ITS moderated a panel discussion on Cyberbullying in the Collaborative Research Space at Maanjiwe nendamowinan with UTM’s Equity and Diversity Office, Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre, UTM Campus Police, and Student Affairs about online harassment, and what you can do if it’s happening to you or someone you know.
I&ITS talked to The Medium, UTM's student newspaper, about Cybersecurity Awareness Month, cyber threats, and basic steps you can take to protect yourself online.
The UTM Service Desk hosted mobile device clinics every day during the month of October. Originally, scheduled for only once a week, the program was so successful that the team opted to do it throughout the entire month.
Visitors to the UTM Service Desk received candy, stickers, and U of T Security Matters swag in exchange for a quick three point mobile device security check, including encryption, setting up a PIN, and doing device updates.
Launched on October 22, the UTM Travel Security Pilot Program was developed to help U of T faculty and staff their data while traveling abroad for research or U of T-related activities.
On October 29, U of T’s Security Matters team joined I&ITS in the Davis Building for a pop-up booth featuring games, prizes, and cybersecurity safety and awareness information from 11am-3pm.
U of T’s Chief Information Security Officer, Isaac Straley, visited the UTM campus on October 29, helped with the Security Matters pop-up booth and then sat down with IT representatives and stakeholders to learn more about UTM’s needs.
External Cybersecurity Events
This year, we included some free outside activities on our event calendar, which we thought might be of interest to the UTM community:
- Webinars by NIST, a US national standards institute that shares free cybersecurity frameworks and standards, developed in collaboration with the public, educational institutions, industry
- Webinars by CIS, Center for Internet Security, provides useful cybersecurity benchmarks and policies, which we are used for some things in I&ITS
- Webinars by EDUCAUSE, a non-profit organization for higher education IT staff that many IT staff at U of T are involved with
- Women in Cybersecurity Panel Discussion held at Munk School downtown by a local women in cybersecurity group in collaboration with Palo Alto Networks. Panelists included women in IT & cybersecurity leadership positions from eHealthOntario, Ontario Pension Board, Ontario Clean Water Agency, RBC, and Ryerson.
During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we added four new cybersecurity-related resources to the I&ITS website:
- Policies and Practices page, which covers IT and security-related policies across U of T and UTM.
- Cybersecurity Awareness Month page for UTM-specific events and information page
- Data Privacy Day page for UTM-specific events and information page
- Resource page for sharing links on related topics (e.g. cyberbullying).
- Sept 26: Join us this October for Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Oct 1: Service Desk Device Clinics for Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Oct 15: Join us for a panel discussion – Cyberbullying: What to do if it happens to you – October 28
- Nov 1: 31 Cybersecurity Tips (October 2019 Recap)
See you in 2020!