October is Cyber Security Awareness Month - Training Launched

Information Security Training is our top priority, Knowledge is a powerful defense against cyber-criminals   

Access the training now 

https://go.uleth.ca/it-training Training is open for one month and will end November 5, 2020 @4:30 p.m.

Importance of Security Awareness Training 

Security awareness training is about teaching staff and faculty about the risks and threats that are constantly evolving in the cyber landscape.  

Building a culture with cybersecurity at our foundation is key to reducing cyber-attacks and breaches at the institution. The most important security tool we have are our people. Educating employees about common cybersecurity threats is the goal of cybersecurity awareness training. Cybercriminals know that the "human factor" is the easiest way to access organizations. The more aware our people are at identifying cyber-attacks the better we as an institution are at protecting against cybercriminals.  

For additional information on the training program, please visit the IT Security training page (will require you to login) at: https://go.uleth.ca/infoseccourses.

Know the red flags 

The most common type of scam University Faculty and Staff have been targeted is through fake emails. Phishing campaigns are less successful with trained employees as educated staff are trained to identify scams and properly notify the designated contact. No matter what technique the scammers uses, you may be: 

  • Pressured to send money 

  • Told to purchase gift cards and provide codes as a form of payment 

  • Threatened with law enforcement 

  • Student aid 

  • Verify information 

If you provide your information and purchase gift cards to a scammer, there is often little that we can do to get the money returned. Which is why cyber-security training is so important at knowing about and defending against scams.  

Helpful tips to avoid being scammed 

Don’t respond: If you’re not sure about the source of the email, call, or text then don’t click on a link in the email, don’tanswer the phone, and don’t reply to text messages. 

Don’t answer phone calls from unknown numbers: Phone numbers can be easily spoofed to appear from a legitimate caller, so if the call seems suspicious, hang up the phone. 

Don’t give out your information: Never provide personal information to people unless you are certain the person and reason is legitimate. 

Research and validate: If an email, call, or text seem suspicious then contact the source to make sure the request is legitimate before responding with information. 


Contact:

David Fox | david.fox2@uleth.ca | (403) 380-1844