IT Services

IT Security

What we do

IT Security, as part of the IT Services portfolio, is OC's center of expertise for cybersecurity advising and activities including assessment, auditing, monitoring, investigation, technology selection, awareness training, and incident response.

Our goal is to protect the institution's staff, students, infrastructure and sensitive data from unauthorized access and threat actors while supporting the key security principles of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability.

We are here to help!  If you have questions or concerns, want to report a suspicious email, cyber-threat incident or activity, or have possibly clicked a bad link or responded to something questionable, simply email ITSecurity@okanagan.bc.ca and we’ll be happy to assist.

IT Security news

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security Awareness Month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to help the public learn more about the importance of cyber security.

As staff at Okanagan College, many of us have access to a lot of sensitive data including personal, academic and financial information, in addition to intellectual property. This data is held in our systems and on our websites.

Every staff member needs to be “cyber aware,” protect accounts and devices, report issues, and do their part to keep OC data safe!

Our OC cyber security awareness series will discuss a new topic each week:

  • Week 1 - Email Scams and Phishing
  • Week 2 – Password Safety
  • Week 3 – Securing your devices
  • Week 4 – Working Remotely
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