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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.

Mobile app developed for Portal – first for U of L

 

The U of L will soon be launching itself into the mobile age thanks to a mobile application version of the Student Portal coming later this summer. Students will soon be able to download the app from the iTunes App Store and Google Play for iOS and androids respectively. Jamie Chinn, IT Services Applications Development Manager, says an email went out to all summer students the week of June 23 to make them aware and to solicit feedback for future versions.Mobile App

“We are very aware of how much students use their mobile devices, and we thought providing a mobile app version of the Student Portal would be a good place to start. While the portal performs quite well on a mobile phone browser, this app will make it even easier to navigate from feature to feature on a smaller device like a smartphone,” says Chinn.

The team is busy polishing the prototype with the University’s brand, colors and images, and testing the app for functionality. Following that will be getting it into the App stores. “It takes about a week to get an app approved by Google Play and three weeks to get approval from Apple.”

Chinn says the first version of the app will include much of the same functionality in the portal, and as new features are added to the latter, they will likely be added into the app as well. Mobile app-specific features such as push notifications when final grades are entered are being investigated for a future release.

Students can provide feedback on the App by visiting the Portal site: https://portal.uleth.ca/ , and either submitting a vote in the features poll, or by clicking on the blue Feedback tab on the right side of the page to submit ideas not found in the poll. With each suggestion or vote, students’ names are entered into a weekly draw for a $100 gift card until the end of August.

The Development team expects to have the app available mid-to-late August, which will coincide with the full launch of the student portal.

For more information, contact the Solutions Centre at (403) 329-2490 or help@uleth.ca.