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January 2017

TechKnowFile 2017

We are pleased to announce Michael Kaiser as the Keynote for TechKnowFile 2017.

Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in 2008. As NCSA’s chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies—business, government and other nonprofit organizations—in NCSA’s broad public education and outreach efforts to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. Mr. Kaiser leads NCSA in several major awareness initiatives, including National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October, Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign. NCSA builds efforts through public-private partnerships that address cybersecurity and privacy issues for a wide array of target audiences, including individuals, families and the education and business communities.

Help us welcome Mr. Kaiser to the TechKnowFile community! We look forward to your Keynote address on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Did you know?
ITS Committees

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

FEBRUARY 1, 2016 @ 10:10 AM
Croft Chapter House
15 King's College Circle
IT Leaders Forum


We are pleased to announce a new Blog by our very own Information Architect, Frank Boshoff: Thinking Architecturally

This is the first of a series of articles regarding IT architecture for the strategic design and implementation of solutions that benefit University of Toronto.    Hopefully there will be a bit of humour, whimsy, or tongue-in-cheek, but most of all these articles aim to be useful or thought-provoking  to a few readers.

Dive into the new blog and learn about the mysterious profession of an IT Architect! 


IT community and nonprofit association EDUCAUSE has shared their list of The 2017 Top 10 IT Issues and strategic technologies in higher education. The list is intended to reveal trends and forecasts that affect IT planning.

This year, Marden Paul, Director of Planning, Governance, Assessment and Communications in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, served as the Top 10 IT Issues Panel Member, helping provide feedback to EDUCAUSE on current issues, problems and proposals across higher education information technology.

Click here for the Top 10 IT Issues


EASI developer and recent graduate Laura Klamot talks about her work on the new Financial Planning Calculator

EASI has launched the Financial Planning Calculator on the Student Web Service to help students create a budget for attending the University of Toronto. This calculator could be a handy tool for most undergraduates in Canada: it is estimated that most students complete their studies with an average of $25,000 worth of debt.
“The cost of studying in Toronto is not always transparent,” says Laura Klamot, a 2015 graduate at UTM and a member of the EASI team responsible for delivering the calculator.
“Our new financial planning calculator works out the cost of programs, residences, transportation, meals: all things which might otherwise prove to be a bit mysterious.”
Klamot says she was not one of those students who finished with massive debt:
“I was pretty smart when I graduated. I had a goal for when I wanted to pay off all of my debts. I wanted to have them paid off the year I graduated.”
Thanks to her budget, Klamot was able to meet that goal.
The tool is quick and easy to use: as long as the user has a general idea of what they would like to study and what their living situation will be, the process takes fewer than six minutes to complete.
The calculator is also able to direct students in need towards useful resources for meeting their goals. 
The Financial Planning Calculator will help students begin to plan out one of the biggest investments that they will make in their lifetime and, with a bit of planning, be debt free one year out of school.

Click here to explore the new tool


January 28th is Data Privacy Day! 

Information Security Awareness and Education program unveiled the Information Security Awareness Booth at Robarts Library on Monday, January 24th! We will be hosting additional activities across the three campuses to mark Data Privacy Day! 

Next Stops: InfoSec Booth at UTM on Friday, January 27th and UTSC on Friday, February 3rd! 


Follow our activities on Twitter @UofTCyberAware


Active Directory Security Considerations

Join us on Thursday, January 26th at Noon for a special Information Security Lunch & Learn! Aimed at IT Professionals, enjoy this casual lunch time session where Joe Bates will lead a presentation and discussion on Active Directory security configuration best practices.

For more details and registration, click here.

This event is brought to the community by the Information Security Awareness & Education program. 
Executing work quietly without fanfare happens a lot at Information Technology Services. We work behind the scenes to make sure our infrastructure and services continue to operate well. Some of the work includes doing tedious rewiring and organizing to provide our technicians with easy access to essential equipment that needs quick repair or adjustment.

One example of this work is in the image above: ITS' Client Services Support Team led by Ivan Sestak took on a winter break project to work with a vendor to rewire Simcoe Hall's network closet and tidy up the space to enable efficient network service management. Here is the before and after photo. Anyone who enjoys a well organized space, rejoice!

Thank you to the Client Services Support team for taking the time over the winter break to take care of this important behind the scenes project! 
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