Information Technology Services (ITS)
ITS town hall meeting: Information Security Strategy, fostering community and employee insights
Published on: September 22, 2023
On Sept. 12, 208 ITS staff members gathered in the Great Hall at Hart House for an all-staff town hall meeting. The meeting included updates on U of T’s Information Security Strategy and ITS’ new onboarding program as well as an employee panel discussion and a Q&A session with Chief Information Officer Bo Wandschneider.
U of T’s Information Security Strategy
“As drivers of the strategy, ITS will play a critical role in delivering the strategic initiatives and each team will advance specific strategic objectives,” Isaac explains. “As service providers, ITS needs to appropriately secure the systems and services we manage and prepare to articulate our security plans with clients. This will go a long way in establishing community trust in the services and systems we provide.”
For more information, Isaac and Kalyani advised staff to review the resources that are available on the Information Security SharePoint website.
Culture and connection: Growing our ITS community
Leading with a significant statistic — that 30 per cent of current ITS staff joined since the onset of the pandemic — Laurie Harrison, Director, Digital Learning Innovation, emphasized the importance of providing support to new employees in their early days, an endeavor that contributes to both their individual growth and the collective success of ITS.
“An exciting new aspect of ITS orientation is the Buddy program, where a new hire will be matched with a mentor to act as an orientation contact for their first three months,” explains Laurie. “We hope this program will help foster a community connection while building and growing new employees’ professional network at U of T.”
To learn more or get involved, all ITS staff are encouraged to visit uoft.me/ITS-Learn.
Employee panel discussion
Thank you to our panelists:
- Kathleen McLeod, Manager, Research & Collaborative Applications, ARC Technologies
- Kanupriya Parab, Information Risk Manager, Information Security
- Aline Pruvot, Services Engagement Coordinator, EASI
“It is always a treat to see and hear from you all at these all-staff events,” says Bo. “It’s clear that our strength as a community lies in our commitment to fostering connections and intentional information sharing. Let’s embrace the opportunities ahead, support our new colleagues through our revamped onboarding program and continue to grow as a cohesive and dynamic ITS community.”
We hope to see all ITS staff at the next town hall meeting in winter 2024!