Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness month!

Check out our calendar of events and resources below.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! 

About this event

October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an internationally recognized campaign to inform the public of the importance of cybersecurity.

Take advantage of our scheduled events this month to learn about being secure online and how to protect your personal information, your devices, and your organization's data.

Get involved 

Throughout the month, we'll be sharing resources and hosting events to help you get cybersafe - see below for details!

CONTEST: Win lunch for 2 at Lola Rosa!

 McGill IT Services is celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a contest to win a prize weekday lunch for 2 at Lola Rosa (value up to $100)! Salad

Score at least 8/10 on our cybersecurity awareness quiz and enter the lucky draw for one of two lunch prizes that IT Services will be giving away. The contest deadline is October 31, 2021.  

Contest Rules and regulations 

How to enter:  

To become eligible to win the prize, entrants must score 80% or more on the  Cybersecurity Awareness Month Quiz. 

Contest period:  

  • Contest closes on October 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.   

Who can enter:  

  • Contest is open to staff and registered students of McGill University. Staff members employed by IT Services are not eligible.   

  • One entry per contestant.  

Winner selection and notification:   

  • All valid entries will be entered in a random draw to win a weekday lunch for 2 at Lola Rosa.  

  • One prize per winner – prizes are not transferable.  

  • Winners will be contacted during the week of November 1.  

  • If a winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, and/or fails to claim the prize within 30 days from the time the award notification was sent, the prize may be forfeited, and an alternate winner will be selected.  

Rights granted by the winners:  

  • To claim the prize, winners must consent to the publication of their names on the McGill IT Services website and other platforms.   

Cybersecurity Awareness Month - virtual events (National Cyber Security Alliance)

Person using cell phone while sitting in front of computer screenStarting in late September, will host a series of online events concerning cybersecurity.

How to Secure your Online Life: A panel discussion with cybersecurity experts sharing key, actionable tips to help you secure your online life, including:

  • Best practices for password and account management
  • Combating phishing attempts
  • Protecting connected devices
  • Understanding how your data and identity may be at risk

Event details and recording

Additional events during Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Stethoscope next to a computerMcGill Staff & Faculty Virtual Health Fair

McGill's Health and Well-Being team is hosting a 2nd virtual rendition of their Annual Health Fair

IT Services will be offering a series of scheduled information sessions at the 2021 Health Fair. Visit us and pick up some tips on staying cyberhealthy. See you there!

Date: October 21, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

FingerprintTrue (cyber) crime McGill: afternoon workshop

Cybercrime. It could never happen here, could it? Ah, but it does, and more often than we’d like. Don't miss this online lunch hour session with IT Services, filled with stories of cybercrimes committed at McGill and elsewhere. Pick up some handy tips for staying safe online and help prevent similar incidents from happening to you.


Date: October 28, 2021

Time: 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Register via Minerva. Select the date and click Submit Registration Request.




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