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What’s new in securing Queen’s digital environment

With the advent of remote work due to COVID-19, and the increased use of and reliance on information technologies, the University has placed a heightened importance on mitigating cyber threats. Significant investments have been made to ensure there is a secure foundation for Queen’s digital environment  and numerous actions are being taken to protect you and Queen’s data.

Several high priority cybersecurity capabilities are being implemented over the coming months. A comprehensive communications and change management program is also being undertaken to  promote wide adoption and to support you in the steps you will to take to do your part in securing our online environment. Closer to the launch of each, you will receive details from IT Services about the specific actions required. These projects include:

  • The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) initiative, launched this summer. This initiative helps validate the online identities of users accessing Queen’s resources. MFA was rolled out to staff and student-staff over the summer; faculty and students will be notified to enrol throughout the remainder of the year.
  • In October, a new solution will be introduced to ensure the health of user devices (laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets) accessing Queen’s resources. The Endpoint Protection project will provide instruction on how to enroll our devices in Microsoft Intune.
  • Also in October, IT Services is launching a new platform for cybersecurity Education and Awareness that focuses on leading practices to identify cybersecurity risks and what we should be doing to respond to them.

For more information about each project, as well as information about other planned initiatives, please visit the Cybersecurity Action Plan 2019-20 page on the IT Services website.

Researchers should note the following newly-released cybersecurity guidance and resources (September 2020). The initiatives in Cybersecurity Action Plan 2019-21 are directly aligned with the recommendations in these publications. Don’t hesitate to contact IT Services if you would like support to secure your environment.