It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month!
Fight phishing: Ruin a cyber criminal’s day
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month (Cyber Month) in Canada, and the University of Manitoba is proud to be Get Cyber Safe champions working to help Canadians stay safe online. Cyber Month is an important time to reflect, as individuals and as an organization, on how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones online.
This year’s Cyber Month theme is Fight Phishing: Ruin a Cyber Criminal’s Day. Phishing is a type of scam in which a cybercriminal sends an email, text or direct message pretending to be from a person or organization you know to get them to reveal their sensitive information. In fact, phishing is one of the biggest cyber threats Canadians are facing today. By learning to spot the signs of phishing, you can help ruin a cyber criminal’s day. You can learn more about phishing on the Get Cyber Safe website.
This month, our Information Security and Compliance team want to help you learn more about keeping cyber safe and have a little fun while we’re at it.
- #UMcybersecurityawareness Scavenger Hunt lets you use your computer or mobile device to find the hashtag and answer six short quizzes to be eligible to win some great tech prizes. Visit https://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/security/cyber-security-month.html to learn more.
- Cyber Security booths in the Brodie Centre Atrium on October 12 and 25, and in University Centre on October 11 and 27. Join us for some food and fun! Learn something new, meet our crew and get something sweet at our mobile display tables on Bannatyne and Fort Garry campuses.
We encourage you to take some time this month to learn how to spot a phish and report a phish. Cyber security is a shared responsibility. If you want to help fight phishing, you can:
- Help promote Cyber Month on your own personal social media channels
- Make sure you’re following cyber security best practices at work and at home
- Talk about cyber security with friends and family – here are resources to help you
We wish you a very safe and happy Cyber Month! If you have any questions, please reach out to infosec [at] umanitoba [dot] ca for more information.
Remember: Information Security Starts with You!