January 28 is Data Privacy Day. Help keep your data secure

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As the use of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones increases, the need to be aware of the security risks to your data is also heightened.

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an annual and worldwide effort to empower people to protect their privacy, both online and off. In light of this, I ask you to take a moment to ensure your personal information stays private.

Below are three ways you can protect your data and privacy:

  1. Request encryption for your computer or mobile devices from your local IT support
  2. Take the time to complete the Privacy and Information Security Fundamentals training
  3. Learn how to recognize and report a suspicious email to the UBC information security team

For more information, search “UBC Privacy Matters” online and visit our website.

As Professor Ono outlined in a recent message, at UBC, we have a responsibility to protect the personal information of our students, faculty, and staff as well as any other confidential information we hold on behalf of UBC.

Hubert Lai, Q.C.
University Counsel