May 16, 2017

Global ransomware attacks remind us all to stay cyber-secure

Staying vigilant helps protect you – at work and at home

On Friday, May 12, media across the globe was reporting widespread ransomware attacks referred to as "WannaCry" or WCRY. These attacks continued to spread across the weekend, with attackers encrypting files and requesting payment to unlock these files.

Here at the University of Calgary, the Information Technologies team took precautionary measures when these attacks were reported, in addition to regular day-to-day security measures and scanning.

How you can stay cyber-secure at the office and at home

On Friday, the campus was reminded to be vigilant about suspicious emails, including not clicking on links or opening attachments. Those with unmanaged devices have also been reminded of the importance of making regular updates to devices. For this particular attack, a patch is available on the Microsoft website. If you need further information or assistance, please contact the IT Support Centre at or 403.220.5555.

There are a number of other things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Do not provide personal or financial information by email
  • Do hover over links to check the URL before clicking on it
  • Do report phishing emails to our email address
  • Do use your instincts and do not act on suspicious emails simply because they have a sense of urgency. For example: “Your email will be locked out if you do not respond to this email.”