Christopher Manfredi, Provost and VP Academic

Christopher Manfredi, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, describes the responsibility of all academics to uphold McGill's information security. 

Academics and cybersecurity

Ensure cybersecure practices in all teaching and learning activities. 

Access McGill's systems safely

  • Enable two-factor authentication on your McGill account. 2FA is required for all McGill accounts by the end of 2021. Don’t delay, enroll now at
  • McGill's Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to connect to restricted sites and resources.
  • Ensure your device is secure when connecting to McGill remotely (see Secure your devices section ).

Stay safe when working remotely 

Protect your identity

  • Learn to recognize phishing scams that attempt to steal your personal information.
  • Strengthen and protect your password:
    • Your McGill password is for McGill systems. Do not use your McGill password on non-McGill systems or websites.
    • Create a strong password.
    • Do not share your password with anyone.
    • Use a different password for each platform or system.
  • Do not overshare on social media: Tips for safe sharing

Safeguard student data

Only use McGill-approved storage and collaboration solutions for storing students' personal data. All educational software used for teaching and learning must comply with the McGill Cloud Directive.

McGill supports academic activities with a range of secure teaching and learning solutions. See the full list of McGill-approved cloud services for software supporting secure data storage, file sharing, publishing and collaboration.

Software: considerations

Note that if you recommend a solution to students that is not McGill-approved, you are legally responsible for any resulting consequences. For more information, see IT Policies, Regulations, Directives & Standards.

  • McGill's cloud services website provides additional information, including:
    • Cloud solution approval process
    • What is personal information? Types of data and what can be stored in the cloud
  • Software Piracy : Unauthorized software use can have serious consequences. Ensure that your software use complies with licensing agreements.

McGill-approved teaching solutions

Here is a sample of available tools and services available. 

Secure your devices

Follow some basic safety tips to keep your devices safe:


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