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Information Technology Services Newsletter

February & March 2017

TechKnowFile 2017

TechKnowFile 2017 is Looking For YOU! CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS IS OPEN!

 
TechKnowFile (TKF) provides a platform for U of T Professionals and Administrative staff from Academia to discuss, share and disseminate innovative and pioneering views on recent trends and development in communications, IT, management and leadership.
 
TechKnowFile University: Study Abroad Year
2 Days of IT Learning / April 26 & 27, 2017
@ University of Toronto Scarborough
 
The U of T Community is invited to join TechKnowFile University by participating in one or all of the following formats:
 
PRESENT:  Conference presenters will be able to host a 50-minute session to showcase their work to the conference delegates.   Proposals are being accepted without pre-determined streams, we welcome all topics relevant to higher education technology, communication tools, management and leadership. Find out more.
 
TEACH: Do you have a great skill and always wanted to teach a course? TechKnowFile is offering an opportunity to interested community members to teach a 50-minute hands on tutorial during the conference. Find out more.
 
DISCUSS: We are looking for individuals who are interested in participating in vibrant and dynamic discussion panels on key IT issues.  The panels will be 50-90 minutes long, depending on the topic. Find out more.
 
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IS NOW OPEN
CLICK HERE
Submission Deadline: March 6, 2017

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TODAY
ITS Committees

Upcoming Meeting Dates:


No upcoming meeting dates in March.

News

This Tax Season: Protect Yourself Against Fraud

Be aware of a known tax season fraud scheme. Pay close attention to detail when working on your tax returns this season.

Read the message from U of T’s Central Payroll Services on how to best protect yourself against fraud.
Inspire Us!

Bring forward your ideas and help us develop more Lunch & Learn Sessions!


The Information Security Awareness & Education team has seen great success with the ongoing Lunch & Learn sessions hosted across the three campuses. We are looking for more ideas on relevant information security topics the community would like to learn about. 

Get in touch with us if you'd like to present a session or have an idea for a great topic we can cover!
THINKING ARCHITECTURALLY

From the Thinking Architecturally Blog

"ASSUME."

 

Assumptions, whether inadvertent or purposeful, are the bane of any project, no matter the resulting system or structure.  Imagine not trusting the structural integrity of your office environment, or the ergonomic design of your chair, or the fact that your automatic vehicle won’t roll forward when in park, or the security of your e-mail (actually, the latter two are fallacies if you happen to own one of several Fiat-Chrysler models, and your e-mail is not secure, period).  Part of what IT Architects do is to identify assumptions that need to be validated to reduce the acceptable risk of critical and/or costly IT projects. I’ll use a fictional scenario to demonstrate how we all make assumptions  in our daily lives – we wouldn’t be able to progress if we don’t.  

Read more about ASSUME (making an A.S.S. of U and ME).

INFORMATION SECURITY AWARENESS & EDUCATION INITIATIVE

IT'S OFFICIAL...THE WEBSITE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR IS HERE!


As a subscriber to ITS' In the Loop Newsletter, you get an exclusive first look at the Information Security Awareness & Education website. 


Explore:

Educational 2 Minute Videos
Targeted Content for Different Audiences
Sign up for Events
Explore other resources on information security

This website will be constantly updated with new content, so be sure to bookmark it and watch out for new content!
Information Security Is Everyone's Responsibility, Security Matters at U of T! 
Share with your colleagues!
 

VISIT INFORMATION SECURITY AWARENESS & EDUCATION WEBSITE NOW
 

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN IN TWO MINUTES?
The Information Security Awareness & Education team is publishing a series of 2-minute educational videos on how to handle the security of your data. The first video release is on Travel Security. Over the next week, 5-6 more videos will be released on various topics on the website.

Watch them, share them! 

TechKnowFIle Updates

What you need to know about the upcoming
TechKnowFile conference


Registration Opening & Closing:
TechKnowFile registration will open on March 20th, 2017 and close on April 17, 2017. 

Presenters:
The TKF team will review the submitted proposals and notify the chosen presenters by March 14, 2017. 

Transportation to UTSC and Parking:

We are pleased to announce that TechKnowFile will sponsor FREE RETURN TRANSPORTATION TO and FROM UTSC Campus from UTM and Downtown St. George campus for registered TechKnowFile attendees. Attendees can select their transportation preference at registration. In addition, the conference will provide FREE PARKNG validation for on campus parking for attendees choose to drive to the conference. As always, we encourage environmentally friendly car-pool when possible!  

Moderators:
TechKnowFile will be extending a call for moderators for the conference in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for that invitation, we hope to have you join us for this unique opportunity! 
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