Cybersecurity Blog

Take the Cybersecurity Survey and win a $50 gift certificate to the Table – 11/06/19



It’s that time of year again when we look back at how we have done for the last 12 months and determine how we can improve. It is cybersecurity survey time!!! Yes, you  read correctly the Cybersecurity Survey is ready for your input.  Whoo hoo, I can just feel your excitement!

The good news is for completing the survey, you earn a contest entry code for the Cybersecurity Challenge. The better news is we have a sponsor for this year’s survey. I know there will be those of you who were looking forward to winning a grab bag of swag. However you sick folks are going to have to settle for a gift certificate from the Table.  That’s right, the terrific folks at NetApp are donating a $50.00 gift certificate. !

To get your free food, you only need to take 5 to 10 min to complete the survey. Your feedback helps shape the cybersecurity awareness program for the next year.  Remember we want to know what you ARE doing not what you should be doing. The survey is completely anonymous, so you are free to be 100% honest. The contest draw is independent of the survey so you can give us your anonymous feedback and still enter. You have until November 30, 2019 to complete the survey, we will do the draw that day. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Cybersecurity Challenge begins October 1, 2019 – 09/26/19



Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins October 1 and with it the Cybersecurity Challenge. There are a variety of activities planned for the month that staff, students and faculty can participate in.  Each time a staff or faculty member participates in one, they earn a contest entry code. Each code earns them one chance to win a $250.00 gift certificate from Best Buy.  Their entry also counts as one point for their team. The team with the most points wins the Golden Superhero Award!


The Golden Superhero Award!!


Although students are welcome and encouraged to participate in cybersecurity activities, they cannot enter the draw. This year the challenge runs from October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2020. So you have a whole year to participate in activities and earn contest entry codes.  Earn codes by:

  • Reading the Cybersecurity Newsletter
    • Random newsletters will contain codes throughout the year. Read the newsletter weekly to find the codes.
  • Participating in a Main Street event
    • Come down to Main Street and participate in that month’s activities. Everyone who participates gets a code and a spin of the prize wheel.
  • Attending Lunch n Learns
    • Come see speakers present cybersecurity topics. Codes will be given at the end of each talk.
  • Attending a movie screening
    • Come down to the Ideas Lounge in the Library and watch fascinating documentaries on cybersecurity. Codes will be given at the end of the film.
  • Participating in Hack the Box
    • Put together a team or participate on your own. Your code is locked inside the box. Can you solve the puzzles and hack your way in?
  • Completing online Security Awareness Training or a Security Awareness Workshop
    • You get the same code whether you attend a workshop or take the online training.
  • Displaying a cybersecurity awareness sticker
    • Send me a photo of where you have put your cybersecurity sticker. Your photo will be put on the CSAM website and you will receive a code in return.
  • Reading the cybersecurity posters and slides
    • Scan the posters and TV screens across campus to see if you can find the codes. There is a new one every quarter.

On Tuesday, October 1,  grab your colleagues, fire up your team and start collecting codes! Then Every Monday, check the Leaderboard and find out who is the team to beat. For more details on the Challenge, visit Cybersecurity Hub.


Basic IT Security Awareness 2019 training course coming down – 08/30/19



It’s that time of the year again. Time for the old cybersecurity training to go down and the new one to go up. If you haven’t completed Basic IT Security Awareness 2019, you still have a couple more days to finish it up. Tomorrow evening it will be disabled and the grades will be archived. Sunday, September 1 the new course Cybersecurity Awareness Training 2020 will go live. This new course has great new videos and some updated content.

You have until June 30, 2020 to complete the new training course. At that time the course will be taken down. Please put this date into your calendar.

If you take PCI training, you do not have to complete this new course. Your PCI training contains the same cybersecurity information as this one does.

I hope you enjoy the new training course. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me at

May 31, the last newsletter until June 28 – 05/28/19



Lucky me is going on vacation for a few weeks. While I am away, the newsletter will take a pause.  I look forward to coming back fully rested and full of inspiration. Watch for new articles focused on busting cybersecurity myths when I return.  Until then, stay safe out there.


Announcing the launch of the Cybersecurity Hub! – 02/13/19

As part of our continued efforts to ensure the Mount Royal University community receives accurate, helpful and timely information on how to stay cybersafe, the IT Security website has been renamed and redesigned.  We are delighted to introduce you to the brand new Cybersecurity Hub!



Along with a new design comes a new URL. You will still be able to use to find it, however will also take you there. Let us know what you think of the new design, leave your comments below.


We have changed our name! – 02/11/19



We are always looking for ways to make the blog as helpful, useful and relevant as possible. As part of that we have decided to change it from the IT Security Blog to the Cybersecurity Blog.

By making the change we are hoping to clarify the purpose of the blog and make it easier for people to find it.  The name of the blog isn’t all we are changing.  The IT Security newsletter is also getting a new name and will now be called the Cybersecurity Newsletter.

The newsletter is also getting a slightly new look to bring it into line with our brand guidelines. You will now find the Mount Royal University logo on the left hand side.

Finally, we are also updating the IT Security website. We are changing the look, the name and expanding and reorganizing content. Look for an announcement coming soon.


Protecting yourself against cyber crime workshop scheduled for March – 01/29/19


Most of you are beyond basic cyber security training. However, I bet my lunch (pesto pasta and roast beef) that you know someone who is terrified of clicking on something they shouldn’t or is filled with dread at the thought of coming up with an effective password. Do your colleagues a solid favor, suggest they register for the Protecting yourself against cyber crime workshop.  This fascinating and informative 90 min workshop will give them all the tools they need to stay cyber safe.


Not feeling particularly altruistic? No worries, this benefits you to. Think of all the documents that get passed between you and of all the documents that you share. For each one your colleague, naive in the ways of cyber security, is the first line of defense. Terrifying isn’t it?


Right now you are thinking, ya but they won’t want to go. They will think it’s lame. I have a solution…you register as well. You are cool (you have to be, you read this blog). If you register then everyone will because it’s something all the cool kids are doing.  The best part is you get to grill me for 90 min and impress everyone with your extensive cyber security knowledge.

So get out there and start spreading the word. To register, visit the Employee training portal  or the IT Security website.


Cyber security lecture by Brigadier-General coming to MRU – 01/16/19



The John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative is presenting a public lecture called Cyber Security, Russia and Canadian Democracy on January 21 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on campus in room Y222.  The presenters are:

  • Brigadier-General Jay Janzen, CD Director General Military Strategic Communications
  • Dr. Kari Roberts, Associate Professor, Political Science, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies.

With the upcoming election just around the corner, this should be a fascinating presentation. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend.


Do you know how much of your personal information is on the web? – 01/11/19



January 28th is Data Privacy Day.  It is a day dedicated to taking a closer look at how much of your personal information is on the web.  This is a great time to Google yourself and find out what shows up.  As Google tailors your search results based on your previous activity, this exercise is more effective on a computer you haven’t used before.  If you find the search results are showing more information about you than you are comfortable with,  go into your accounts and change your privacy settings.

This exercise is also a great way to be reminded of old accounts that you have forgotten about and no longer use.  As neglected accounts are more easily taken over by hackers, these accounts should be deleted.  You may not need the account anymore, but I am pretty sure you wouldn’t want someone else using it to impersonate you. Things could get embarrassing or just plain awkward.

Although Data Privacy Day is a great time to check your online footprint. It is an exercise that you should do every few months.  Those clever account providers are constantly changing their privacy settings. Each time they do, there is the possibility that something that was previously private is now public. By checking regularly you will make sure only the personal information that you want exposed is available to the public.

To help the Mount Royal Community out with their Data Privacy Day chores, I will be on Main Street January 31 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come down to see me and get googled on my computer. Everyone who does gets to spin the prize wheel and walk away with some swag.  I will also be available to answer any questions that you have about privacy settings and minimizing your online footprint. See you there!!



The Golden Superhero Award gets upgraded AGAIN and finally presented – 12/13/18

The winners of October’s Cyber Security Challenge were the Facilities Management team.  Unfortunately scheduling conflicts delayed the trophy presentation until today.  In the meantime, the trophy sat in the IT reception area.

With the trophy on display for everyone to see, it became apparent that our little superhero did not really go with the rest of the trophy.  It was a little bit like having a Lada badge on a Mercedes.    A new super hero was ordered and today it was installed just before the presentation.  Ladies and gentlemen, the new Golden Superhero Award…



Not only is this bad boy awesome to look at but every time someone walks by, it lights ups and the superhero turns!! No cooler trophy this side of Vegas exists.

Today it was presented to the Facilities Management team which consists of:

  • Building operations
  • Environmental services
  • Grounds
  • Planning & Project Delivery
  • Security Services
  • The Facilities Management Office


Representatives of the Facilities Management Team


A big congratulations to them all!  This untouchable trophy will be circulated among their different offices over the next year.  Look for it on your next visit to the department. If you talk nice to them, maybe they will let you take a picture with it.