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Cyber Security Awareness Month banner: Article Four

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! Each week, Information Technology Services (ITS) will be releasing a new article to help our community stay safe online. For more information about this initiative, visit the ITS Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016 page.

Cyber security: our shared responsiblity!

By now, we hope you have visited the ITS Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016 webpage and read our articles (Lost your mobile device?, Here phishy, phishy, phishy! and Using a pet's name in your password?) to brush up on your cyber security knowledge.

Morgan Marquis-Boire, a Google veteran and the director of security at First Look Media, uses a great analogy. We know that highly trained martial artists exist and often they pass us on the street, but we don’t worry about them attacking us. You are also aware that if one of them chose to attack you, you couldn’t do anything about it. His point being that while people should put measures in place to protect themselves, it’s likely not going to be the highly skilled ninja hackers coming at you. It is more probable that the watchful thief will be waiting for you to leave your door unlocked and seize the opportunity to help him or herself to your resources.

At Queen’s, we have filters to stop many unwanted intruders and attacks but with over a million emails coming and going through the university every day, sometimes malicious emails or files are able to sneak through.

For this reason, it is imperative that cyber security at Queen’s becomes everyone’s responsibility. We all need to ensure we are saving and sharing files securely, following cyber security best practices, making our passwords strong (and not sharing them) and keeping ourselves up to date about how to protect our own resources as well as those of the university.

Want to know more? Visit our website!

ITS is your go-to resource for your cyber security information needs, where you can brush up on your knowledge and develop your skills against these attacks – we’re in this together!

We’re here to help!

The IT Support Centre is here to support you with any questions you have about computing safely. If you are unsure about any of our recommended best practices or you want advice on securing your computer or device, please don’t be a stranger! Contact our IT Support Centre by calling 613.533.6666, coming to our walk-in support desk in the lower level of Stauffer Library or you can fill in the Online Help Form.


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