Get cyber fit

Get Cyber Fit

Cyber Month 2023 is all about stepping up our cyber fitness! We’ll be helping you get motivated to build your cyber security muscles and strengthen your online security by sharing Get Cyber Safe’s advice and the university's own information security policies and practices.

Over the next four weeks, we will focus on stepping up our game with regular UM Today articles and a series of challenges to help you build your cybersecurity muscles.

Week 1 - Warmup week

It's time to stretch those cybersecurity muscles!

Read about what we'll be doing this month in our UM Today article, "Step up your cyber fitness this Cyber Month!" and take the first challenge. 

Week 1 challenge

  1. Take the  Cyber Fitness Assessment Quiz. 

  2. Follow and share our Twitter and Instagram posts with your social media network. 

  3. Talk to your friends and family about cybersecurity. 

Week 2 - Account workout

Is your account game in good shape?

Read about how you can step it up in our UM Today article, "Account workout" and take the challenge!

Week 2 challenge

  1. Take five minutes to try this interactive learning module: Eight Ways to Strengthen and Secure Your Passwords Today!! 
  2. Enable multi-factor authentication on all your social media accounts. 
  3. Visit us and grab a snack at one of our Cyber Month info booths! 
    • Oct. 10 – University Centre – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
    • Oct. 11 – Brodie Atrium – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Week 3 - Learning self-defence

They shall not pass!

Read about what steps you can take to stop bad actors in their tracks in our UM Today article, "Master the art of cyber self-defence." Or at least make it harder for them to get to your data.

Week 3 challenge

  1. Take this 5-minute Introduction to Ransomware mini-course. 
  2. Visit one of our Cyber Month info booths and ask a question or play a game for a free bag of goodies:  
    • Oct. 17 - Brodie Atrium – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
    • Oct. 18 - University Centre – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  


Week 4 - Strength in numbers

When we all act, everyone benefits.

Read about how you can contribute to keeping the university's data (and your own) safe and secure in our UM Today article, "United we secure! Harnessing our collective strength for data protection."

Week 4 challenge

  1. Use the Report Phishing button in Outlook (if you receive a suspicious message).  
  2. Discuss cyber security with your friends and colleagues.  
  3. Retake the Cyber Fitness Assessment Quiz. See where you have improved and the target areas you can keep building on. 

Cyber Month event video

University of Manitoba cybersecurity, privacy and research experts share valuable insights on protecting sensitive data and implementing effective security measures.

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