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Cyber Security Awareness Month wrap-up – it’s not too late to get your gift!

 

The IT Services Information Security Office and University Privacy Office extends a huge thank-you to the U of L community for its support of the recent events held in support Cyber Security Awareness Month.

About 150 students, faculty and staff stopped by the information booths set up in the UHall Atrium and Students’ Union building during the weeks of Oct. 14 and 20th, says Kevin Vadnais, Information Security Manager. “Everyone who took the 10-question quiz was awarded with a light-up yo-yo or pocket flashlight, and we still have more for those who didn’t get the chance at the booths.”CyberSecurity

Vadnais is encouraging everyone to take the online quiz, and they simply need to send him the answer to the bonus question via email at kevin.vadnais@uleth.ca to request one of the gifts. He adds that test-takers need to enter their name in the title of the screen to be eligible.

Earlier in the month, consultants for PricewaterhouseCoopers presented on Security Trends in Today’s Market at CASA which piqued great discussion among University and Lethbridge community members.

“We had a good response from the community both in the public and private sector. I think most were engaged in the topic and took away valuable information. This kind of event sets the stage for more related sessions in the future and promotes collaboration within the Lethbridge community. It’s everyone’s problem and everyone’s responsibility to educate and protect themselves, and those they may serve,” Vadnais adds.

Everyone is reminded to take the 10-minute phishing and identity theft course in order to be entered into a draw for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Completion of the course must occur by 11:59 PM on Oct. 31 to be eligible for the draw.

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to take the security awareness course that is now a permanent feature on the Information Security website.

For more information, contact Kevin Vadnais at (403) 332-4056 or kevin.vadnais@uleth.ca.

Free cyber security seminar – Security Trends in Today’s Market

When was the last time you changed your password(s)? How secure is your company’s network – or your client’s data? Can you recognize a phishing scam?

October is Cyber Security Awareness month in Canada. In our highly connected world, awareness about faceless bad guys – or bad actors, as they’re known by IT security professionals – is as important as looking before crossing a busy street.

“Information security is everyone’s business,” says Kevin Vadnais, the University’s Information Security Manager. “Our organizations expect us to protect the data over which we have been given responsibility. Educating ourselves about the risks in our internet centred environment protects us as workers, clients, and citizens, as well as the businesses we operate.”

The Information Security Office at the University of Lethbridge is hosting a free security seminar for the Lethbridge community to help improve awareness of information security risks.  Join security experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers: Neil Karan, Alberta’s cyber security leader and director in PwC’s Risk Assurance Service practice, and Bryson Tan, national threat and vulnerability management practice lead, in a conversation about current and emerging trends in the information security landscape. Brief bios on the featured speakers are below.

“Rarely do we have the opportunity to ask the people on the front lines of information security what they encounter on a day-to-day basis. The presentation is a nice mixture of lecture and an interactive Q & A session,” says Vadnais.

The event takes place at CASA in the ATB Financial Community Room, 230- 8 St. South, on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 1-4 pm.

Attendance is free and anyone interested is welcome, however RSVPs (via ticket download) are required to ensure adequate seating. Light refreshments will be provided and a non-sponsored social event will follow at the Telegraph Tap House (310 6 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0H4).

To reserve your space: https://uleth.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=440

For more info on cyber security in general, visit the the University’s Information Technology Services website. Also watch for upcoming announcements and activities on campus in support of Cyber Security Awareness month.

Neil Karan, PwCNeil Karan is the Alberta Cyber Security Leader and Director in PwC’s Risk Assurance Services practice, working out of the Calgary office.  Neil is responsible for executing threat and vulnerability management programs, digital foot printing, social engineering, security strategy reviews, and breach response initiatives.  

 

 

 

Bryson Tan, PwCBryson Tan is the National Threat and Vulnerability Management practice lead at PwC and is responsible for the development and delivery of services that include Cyber Resilience assessments, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, source code assessment, platform security diagnostic services, wireless detection and evaluation and enterprise network security.