Partnerships strengthen national approach

Successful prevention, detection and mitigation of cyber security threats is reliant on strong community participation and collaboration. With this in mind, the Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre’s (CanSSOC) offering of threat intelligence initiatives is focused on leveraging and integrating the cyber security skills, resources and tools within Canada’s collective higher education community. Partnerships with members…

Threat intelligence pilot launched

In June 2020, the Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre (CanSSOC) launched a threat intelligence pilot as one of the first initiatives to enable early prevention, detection, and more effective mitigation of cyber security threats to Canadian universities and colleges. CanSSOC’s Threat Feed platform consolidates multiple threat information sources into a single curated feed, making it easier…

Partnerships helping ORION strengthen cyber security

ORION is a not-for-profit organization offering critical infrastructure for collaboration and providing researchers, educators and innovators with tools and internet connectivity. On May 6, ORION published an article highlighting its ongoing efforts and recent initiatives to strengthen cyber security during this uncertain time. ORION calls attention to the importance of its many strategic partnerships, including the…

CanSSOC update: proof of concept extended to April 1, 2020

In February 2018, university leaders from across Canada came together to investigate how they could positively impact the frequency and complexity of cyber security threats facing higher education institutions. The result was the Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre (CanSSOC), a proof of concept (POC) exploring how higher education institutions from across the country can share…

Have you received a possible phishing email? Updated resources are now available

Have you received a possible phishing email? Updated resources are now available By Kathleen McLeod   The University of Toronto’s Information Security and Enterprise Architecture (ISEA) team is dedicated to keeping information secure for staff, students and faculty alike. The Security Matters website now features an updated Report an Incident section for members of the University community who suspect…

Phishing scams target job-seeking students

By Kathleen McLeod   Since May 25, Information Security and Enterprise Architecture(ISEA) has received several reports of a phishing scam that targets University of Toronto (U of T) students by offering various summer work opportunities. The phishing emails approach students with a job vacancy and prompt the recipient to divulge personal information in order to be considered for the…

Can machine learning make us more cyber aware?

Machine learning has gone from rags to riches over the last decade: once dismissed as a computer scientist’s pipe dream, we now live in the time of the ‘Great A.I. Awakening’ where Google Brain, neural networks and the University of Toronto’s own Vector Institute are no longer niche references for computer scientists. Machine learning has become part of the…