**This message is sent on behalf of Dr. Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean, UGME**
Dear UBC Faculty,
In this virtual environment, now more than ever we are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We would like to remind you that University (UBC, UNBC or UVIC) or Health Authority email addresses should be used for all UBC-related correspondence, especially when communicating sensitive information such as grades, professionalism, etc.
For more information, here are some resources from the UBC Office of the CIO Information Security, Policy, Standards and Resources FAQ: https://cio.ubc.ca/information-security/information-security-policy-standards-and-resources.
From the FAQs (within the above website):
Like many organizations, UBC requires work to be conducted using business email systems such as FASmail. Gmail and other services that are hosted in the “cloud” are not suitable for work purposes for the following reasons:
The following has also just been published today in Times Higher Education: “Hackers have had more opportunities to target members of the postsecondary community due to the increased use of personal devices and unencrypted internet connections during the move to remote working”.
Therefore, in addition to using only university or health authority emails for UBC communication, I would ask all of you to please encrypt your devices, if you have no already done so. Also please share this communication within your respective teams and committees.
Dr. Cheryl L. Holmes MD, FRCPC, MHPE
If you do not yet have a UBC FASMail account and would like one set up, please contact Bree Wilson, HR Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.