Welcome, and thank you for visiting the IT Security site.  The purpose of this site is to highlight the importance of IT security and to promote a secure computing environment for the UFV user community.

                  IT Security is Everyone's Responsibility

About IT Security

IT Security is an established area within Information Technology Services.  It's primary goal is the planning and administration of IT security for UFV's information network.

Ongoing IT Security objectives include:

  • Day-to-day management of information security
  • Developing and maintaining comprehensive security policies
  • Contributing to UFV's business continuity/disaster recovery planning
  • Providing opportunities for IT security awareness and education
  • Implementing strategic security enhancements and upgrades


Christopher Jones, IT Security Analyst
Information Technology Services
Room B244t
Local 4566
Email: Christopher.Jones@ufv.ca

IT Security is Everyone's Concern

As the saying goes, "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link."  This applies to IT security, as well.  A safe and secure computing environment is not just the concern of the IT professionals maintaining it, but of everyone who uses it.

Everyone Can Contribute

Following are some practical ways that users can contribute to their own security as well as the security of UFV's information network.

  • Don't share your password(s) with anyone
  • Make sure that passwords are sufficiently complex (minimum of 8 characters, include a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numeric and/or special characters) where possible
  • Use a recognized anti-virus program (Trend Micro, Norton, Kaspersky, AVG, etc.) on personal computing devices
  • Keep your virus signatures up to date
  • Don't open or respond to SPAM email messages
  • Never open attachments from unsolicited email
  • Never respond to email requests to provide sensitive information
  • Be extremely careful posting and storing personally identifiable information (PII) as identity theft is rampant
While these practices may seem obvious, they are often disregarded or ignored, exposing the user to unexpected and unwanted consequences.

Stay Informed. . .

The security landscape is changing all the time. . .so please visit this site often for updated information and tips on safe and secure computing.


Malware on the Rise

Are you hoping malware is going away?  Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the volume of malware is increasing at an alarming rate.

SC Magazine writer Ashley Carmen cites the recent Check Point “2015 Security Report,” which shows that malware strains increased 71% in 2014 over the previous year.

In 2013, 83 million malware strains were detected, but that number grew to 142 million in 2014.

The 2016 Check Point report states that in 2015, malware downloads increased over 900%.

Malware authors are continually discovering new ways to circumvent anti-malware systems, including adding a few lines of code to existing malware in an effort to sidestep current signatures.

Malware is definitely not going away.  The best thing to do is to ensure that your computer has proper anti-malware protection and that it is up to date.






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