Privacy Matters @ UBC

Privacy Matters @ UBC

We are all responsible for keeping UBC secure

Why does privacy matter?

Privacy and information security is one of UBC’s top priorities

This October, take some time to learn more about Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Information sharing is so common today that it is understandable for people to become complacent about privacy and information security. Yet, everyone has the right to expect their personal information to remain safe and secure.

At UBC, we are responsible for substantial amounts of personal information about students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors. Protecting this information is everyone's responsibility.

By taking the first simple steps to stay secure, you can make a big impact on privacy and information security, both at home and at UBC.

Did You Know That...


spam messages are blocked

on average every month by UBC email servers1

53, 906

users forgot their CWL password

from October 2016 - September 2017 at UBC2


CWL accounts were compromised

in 2016 at UBC (Vancouver and Okanagan)1


laptops were reported stolen

in 2016 at the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses1

1 Statistics provided by UBC Information Technology. | 2 Statistic is determined by users selecting "forgot my password"

1Learn how to keep UBC’s information safe

You are already taking the first step in protecting your information and the information of others at UBC by visiting this website.

Keeping information safe does not have to be hard. Simple actions can make a big difference. Here are three steps you can take to get started:

Three Ways to Stay Secure

Encrypt your computer or mobile devices if you haven't already done so

Take time to complete the Privacy and Information Security Fundamentals Training

Learn how to report an incident or suspicious email to the security team

2Practice the UBC Privacy Matters Mantra

To keep personal information secure, always remember the following rules:

  • Only collect and download the minimum amount of data that you need to do your job.
  • Ensure data is secure and stored in Canada.
  • Only share information on a need-to-know basis and only keep it as long as necessary.