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Information Technology

Tech Bulletin - Encryption and Device Security

Faculty & Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The digital world offers us new ways to share and access information that significantly enhances our productivity. E-mail, file sharing, and the prevalence of mobile devices have changed the way we as a society work and how we access our data.  However, as we use information technology in our daily lives, it is important that we keep the safety of the information that we are entrusted with paramount in our minds to protect our community from the loss or misuse of sensitive data.

No data is more sensitive than personal identifiable information or data that contains personal information about members of our community. The university is mandated by law to protect this information, and doing so is beneficial to everyone at Trent University.

Trent IT is excited to announce the following events and resources to better equip our users to keep confidential information safe.

Email security and Best Bets Handout

Announced last week on the myTrent portal and attached here, this one-page quick guide written through a cooperative effort between the Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic and IT gives you the most important quick information about keeping data safe when working on mobile devices and email.

Encryption workshops

These drop-in sessions will help users understand the fundamentals of how encryption works and hands-on help with encrypting your devices. Every Friday from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Bata Library 201, no sign-up needed. Departmental seminars are also available for interested departments; please contact it@trentu.ca for more details.  

Free Swag

Come to an encryption workshop or arrange a departmental meeting for free security themed giveaways!

Security Badging Program

We are excited to announce a new recognition program for staff who complete extensive training in Information Security. Staff who complete a series of training workshops throughout this year will be awarded a digital “badge” and certificate noting their achievement and advanced knowledge. If you are interested in participating or for more information, please email Ian Thomson (ithomson@trentu.ca).

Twitter Feed

In order to greater streamline our communications, IT security related tweets will now originate from the main Trent IT twitter feed @Trent_IT.


Tariq Al-idrissi

Associate Vice President, IT

Trent University



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Posted on November 1, 2016