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November 2020


Data Breaches are on the rise!

IT Services has noticed a significant amount of data breaches lately that are linked to Selkirk email accounts.  Please use your Selkirk email for work related purposes only.  Redirect any non-related emails to your personal email and always use good password hygiene.

What is a Data Breach

A data breach exposes confidential, sensitive, or protected information to an unauthorized person.  The files in a data breach are viewed and / or shared without permission.

Am I at risk of a Data Breach?

Yes, anyone can be at risk of a data breach.  Individuals, colleges & universities and government are all at risk.  More importantly, anyone can put others at risk if they are not protected.



What Can I Do If I Become A Victim of a Data Breach?

  1. Change your Password(s): If you can access the account, change your password immediately.  If the hacker has already done this for you, contact the website directly to ask how to recover or shut down the account.
  2. Contact your Financial Institution: Watch your financial information; some data breaches only expose emails and passwords, but others expose financial information such as your bank account number or credit card numbers. Review your bank statements to ensure no charges have been made.
  3. Check your credit report: Review your report to ensure no loans or credit cards have been opened in your name. 
  4. If you Identity is compromised or stolen, file a police report as soon as possible and also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501

October Cybersecurity Awareness Month Winners!

Congratulations to Shanon Moser, Kennedy Ferrier and Mallory Attorp - you are the winners of the October Cybersecurity prize draw.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cybersecurity, Spot the Phish campaign.  We had 116 participants complete the quiz and we hope you found it fun, yet educational.  IT Services will be conducting more phishing campaigns in the months to come so watch for the KnowBe4 training link in your inbox.

What NOT to do in a Zoom meeting

1. Don’t replace professionalism with comfort.

It is important to always keep your audience in mind when it comes to a Zoom meeting. Pretend you’re still meeting in person and don't show up in your PJ's or gym clothes.

2. Don’t set the scene for distractions.

Your surroundings say a lot about you, so it’s essential to make sure that they say the right things for your audience. Before you log on to your Zoom meeting, make sure you have chosen a clean backdrop in your space that doesn’t distract viewers from your communication. If you don’t feel like your home or office space has a desirable backdrop, you can always explore Zoom’s Virtual Background feature, which allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. 

3. Don’t forget to eat beforehand.

It’s definitely best to avoid eating during your Zoom meeting. Unless the meeting is intentionally designated as a lunch-and-learn or lunch meeting, try to eat before you log in.

4. Don’t Zoom and drive.

If you do have to take a Zoom meeting while on the go, make sure you’re the passenger.

5. Don’t put a private message in a Zoom chat.

There will likely be moments when you want or need to share a private comment or thoughts to a specific team member who’s also a part of the Zoom meeting. If that case arises, make sure not to share those comments in the Zoom chat feature where everyone may see them.

IT Employee Spotlight - November

Ken Zdebiak - Database Administrator - Project Aurora

1. Describe your role at Selkirk and what you like most about it.

Database Administration with the IT team and ETL development with the Project Aurora team. I enjoy working with the various departments and technologies they run. Its nice getting your fingers in the whole pie and not just a piece of it!

2. What has been your favorite project? Why? Briefly explain.

I recently completed a database collation change for one of our 3rd party vendor products with Ken Anderson. There was a great synergy which helped to overcome several hurdles. Completing this work allowed for the college to proceed with another project that has been waiting in the queue.

3. How do you balance your career and family life?

IT related work often commands unusual work hours, its the nature of the business. Scheduling what you do on your down time helps. Having a supportive family and employer makes all the difference.

4. What is your favorite activity to do outside of work?

Anything that gets me outside, especially fishing!

5. People would be surprised if they knew_______ about you?

I could split an atom in my basement but can't butter my own toast.

Upcoming Training

Moodle Training in December

Gradebook - Monday, December 14th at 10:00 AM

Discussion Forums and Communication - Tuesday, December 15th at 10:00 AM

Video (Kaltura) - Wednesday, December 16th at 1:00 PM

Moodle Workshops (student peer review) - Thursday, December 17th at 1:00 PM

Moodle Basics - Monday, December 21st at 10:00 AM

Quiz Session - Tuesday, December 22nd at 1:00 PM

Assignments - Wednesday, December 23rd at 1:00 PM

For more information, please check out Moodle Training Schedule here or contact

Reminder: Don't forget to submit your course requests for Winter 2021 before you leave for the Winter closure. 

(blue star) Stay Tuned for IT Lunch and Learn opportunities in January (blue star)

Check for upcoming dates, times and topics.

Thanks for reading! Stay safe, stay healthy.

"What you do today can change all the tomorrow's of your life." ~ Zig Ziglar

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