Beware of phishing! 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  

About this event 

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October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an internationally recognized campaign to highlight the importance of cybersecurity. Phishing is one of the most common scams in Canada. That’s why the theme for #CyberMonth2022 is Fight phishing: Ruin a cyber criminal’s day.  

Over the years, thousands of McGillians have helped ruin a cyber criminal’s day by reporting suspicious emails, files, and other potential cybersecurity threats to IT Services. Each report makes a difference and contributes to the safety and security of our user community. By participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month and learning about staying safe online, the more prepared we’ll all be to defend against cyber threats.  

Get involved

Guest speaker presentation

Big hacker is watching you: Who’s after your data, how they gain access, and why it matters

Do you care if cybercriminals, hackers, and other unauthorized individuals get hold of your accounts and data? How do they gain access – and how do they profit from it?

Photo portrait of Professor Benjamin C.M. Fung
Professor Benjamin C.M. Fung
What are the impacts of dis- and misinformation, and what’s the difference between the two? Is storing data in the cloud more or less secure than other methods?  How can you stay prepared when new cybersecurity threats are discovered every day? 

McGill IT Services is pleased to welcome Dr Benjamin Fung, the Canada Research Chair in Data Mining for Cybersecurity, as he untangles the implications of cybersecurity threats to you, the McGill community, and Canada.  Graduate Program Director and Professor in McGill’s School of Information Studies, Dr. Fung has published over 130 research articles in refereed journals that span multiple areas of research, including data mining, machine learning, privacy protection, cybersecurity, services computing, and building engineering. His data mining work in crime investigation and authorship analysis has also received global media coverage.  

Join us for his virtual Cybersecurity Awareness Month presentation, followed by a Q&A period. 

When: October 19, 2022 12:00 PM to 13:00 

Where: Virtual session (open to the public) - register here.

Workshop / presentation: True (cyber) crime stories @ McGill

Cybercrime. It could never happen here, could it? Ah, but it does, and more often than we’d like. Curl up in front of your computer and join IT Services for an hour filled with stories of cybercrimes committed at McGill and elsewhere. The stories you will hear are true. Only the names will be changed to protect the innocent.Silhouette of man wearing hat against background of mountains and forest Once you've been chilled to the bone with tales both heinous and hair-raising, our cybersecurity experts will provide useful tips for staying safe online, so similar incidents don't befall you.

When: October 31, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

Where: Virtual session - register here.

CONTEST: Are you a McGill cybersecurity champion? Test yourself for the chance to win an iPad or lunch for 2!  

How to enter: Complete our Cybersecurity Awareness Month Quiz.

Who can enter: Contest is open to current students, staff, researchers and faculty at McGill University.

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Enter to win lunch for 2 (staff) or an iPad (students).

Exemptions: Employees of McGill IT Services as well as their household members are not eligible to participate.  
Entry deadline: October 31, 2022 at 11:59pm 

Winner selection and notification: 
  • All valid entries will be entered in a random draw held on November 4, and we’ll notify winners by email the week after.   
  • Chances of winning depend on the number of entries received during the contest.  
  • Students: An Apple iPad 10.2" 64GB with Wi-Fi (9th Generation) - Space Grey 

  • Staff, researchers, and faculty: A lunch for two at the restaurant of your choice, up to a maximum value of $70, including tax and tip. Alcoholic beverages are excluded and must be paid for separately. 

Additional rules:
  • One prize per winner – prizes are not transferable.  
  • 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.    
  • Winners will be asked if they are willing to consent to the publication of their first name and department / program on the McGill IT Services website and other McGill platforms. This consent is optional and may be declined. 

Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. 


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(images courtesy of Graphic: Get Cyber Safe - Government of Canada and

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