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Secure I.T. is an initiative to inspire the VIU community to engage with and control their information security at work, at home, and on the road.

Secure I.T. Highlights

Simple Cyber Security Resolutions for 2022

As we move into a new year, it is important to make sure that your cyber security knowledge is sharp and up to date. Please take a moment to look at the following to ensure that you have a cyber secure 2022.

January 28th is Data Privacy Day - Manage your online privacy by taking a few small actions.

The following sections contain information related to the Secure I.T. initiative:

  • Why Secure I.T.? Find out why information security is everyone's responsibility.
  • Featured Security Awareness Materials & Resources - Highlights from the world of Information Security 
  • Secure I.T. Training,  Workshops and Handouts contains specific information about VIU's new information security awareness initiatives.
  • Additional Resources contains links to lots of other useful resources, including recent security threats, so you can ensure all your computer and information technology is secure.
  • Help Secure I.T. if you think there is a computer or information security issue, contact the IT Service Desk 

Every member of the VIU Community has access to sensitive information such as student records, financial data or your own personal data.

Students

Information Security is a core element of good digital citizenship. As a student you benefit from access to many resources provided by the University, including internet access, computer labs, and library resources. It is up to you to use all of these resources responsibly, and to respect the rights of other students to access the same resources. 

Faculty

Information security contributes to a safe learning environment. As an instructor, you handle confidential and sensitive data such as student records, grades, accessibility and disability information, and exams. You also have access to VIU systems like Unit4 HRIS and FIS, email, Wi-Fi, classroom computers and computer labs. Because of that, it is important that you understand how to protect the information and systems that you can access.

Employees

Information Security is a shared responsibility. As a VIU employee, you have a central role in information security. You work with VIU’s data every day, and you have access to sensitive systems like Unit4 HRIS and FIS, email and WiFi. You might have access to very confidential information like student records, hiring information, or even health information. Because of that, it is important that you understand how to protect the information and systems that you can access.

Technical

Secure technology lifecycle starts and ends with an IT Professional. Information Technology professionals play key role in assuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and technology at VIU. Developers are responsible for integrating security into the development lifecycle; system administrators are responsible for maintaining our systems; and, support personnel are responsible for responding to, and remediating incidents as they occur.

Leaders

Anyone can be an Information Security leader.

Secure I.T. Vision

To have a stable, resilient, approachable information security environment that gives the VIU community the freedom to perform their jobs, learn, and undertake research to meet the university's Mission. To inspire the VIU community to engage with and control their information security at work, at home, and on the road.

Did you know that there's a VIULearn course that has been setup for Secure I.T. Training? Take the Information Security and Awareness Course that's available on VIULearn using your VIU Employee Account Credentials. 

Check out the BC Government's Information Security Awareness site for all sorts of information, videos, updates, and the occasional contest.

Get Cyber Safe is a national public awareness campaign created to inform Canadians about cyber security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online.

Upcoming Security Events

Oct
29

Internet Day

Nov
3

Security Day