Every institution faces cyber security threats 24/7 and it's important to keep in mind that OCAD U's IT department has an abundance of helpful information about computer security. If you haven't visited IT's security tips section on our website lately, you may want a quick refresher, not to mention, catch another glimpse of those funky animal posters designed by IT's very own Stephanie Bailey. Some of the topics include:

  • Phishing emails
  • Encrypting personal devices
  • Malicious software

Social engineering exploits can take place online, via email, over the phone or in person. Always validate the legitimacy of any such contact. Contact the OCAD U IT Help Desk for assistance or visit ocadu.ca/itsecurity for more information. Please report any suspicious emails by forwarding them to itsecurity@ocadu.ca.

Increased phishing attempts at OCAD U

Recently there has been an increase in phishing attempts received through the OCAD U email service. Ransomware and other malicious exploits are most often perpetrated through compromised accounts when a user has been tricked into entering their username and password, or other information, into a fraudulent website. These social engineering exploits are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and users are cautioned to be extremely vigilant in confirming the validity of any website that asks for their username and password. Social engineering exploits can take place online, via email, over the phone or in person. Always validate the legitimacy of any such contact.  Contact the OCAD U IT Help Desk for assistance or visit ocadu.ca/itsecurity for more information.

IT Services has branded our Office 365 mail, calendaring, OneDrive and SharePoint service as OCAD U 365. If you receive any email that references an Office 365 account but does not explicitly reference the OCAD U 365 name it is very likely a phishing exploit and should be forwarded to itsecurity@ocadu.ca and then deleted.

IT Services is working collaboratively with Human Resources to launch online IT Security Training in the coming weeks for all faculty and staff. This mandatory training will include many important tools for staying safe when using technology. Stay tuned!

 

International Travel:

Travelling outside of Canada? OCAD University employees need to keep in mind special considerations when encrypted devices are taken outside of Canada. Recently, we posted information about this topic in our portal. If you haven't had a chance to review this document, you can view it here

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Keeping our information safe: IT security at OCAD U
Thursday January 25th, 2018

Every institution faces cyber security threats 24/7 and it's important to keep in mind that OCAD U's IT department has an abundance of helpful information about computer security. If you haven't visited IT's security tips section on our website lately, you may want a quick refresher, not to mention, catch another glimpse of those funky animal posters designed by IT's very own Stephanie Bailey. Some of the topics include:

  • Phishing emails
  • Encrypting personal devices
  • Malicious software

Social engineering exploits can take place online, via email, over the phone or in person. Always validate the legitimacy of any such contact. Contact the OCAD U IT Help Desk for assistance or visit ocadu.ca/itsecurity for more information. Please report any suspicious emails by forwarding them to itsecurity@ocadu.ca.

Increased phishing attempts at OCAD U

Recently there has been an increase in phishing attempts received through the OCAD U email service. Ransomware and other malicious exploits are most often perpetrated through compromised accounts when a user has been tricked into entering their username and password, or other information, into a fraudulent website. These social engineering exploits are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and users are cautioned to be extremely vigilant in confirming the validity of any website that asks for their username and password. Social engineering exploits can take place online, via email, over the phone or in person. Always validate the legitimacy of any such contact.  Contact the OCAD U IT Help Desk for assistance or visit ocadu.ca/itsecurity for more information.

IT Services has branded our Office 365 mail, calendaring, OneDrive and SharePoint service as OCAD U 365. If you receive any email that references an Office 365 account but does not explicitly reference the OCAD U 365 name it is very likely a phishing exploit and should be forwarded to itsecurity@ocadu.ca and then deleted.

IT Services is working collaboratively with Human Resources to launch online IT Security Training in the coming weeks for all faculty and staff. This mandatory training will include many important tools for staying safe when using technology. Stay tuned!

 

International Travel:

Travelling outside of Canada? OCAD University employees need to keep in mind special considerations when encrypted devices are taken outside of Canada. Recently, we posted information about this topic in our portal. If you haven't had a chance to review this document, you can view it here

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