New Microsoft Teams Feature: Breakout Rooms!

The update that many have been waiting for is finally here! Microsoft has updated Microsoft Teams to allow you to create breakout rooms in your meetings. Breakout rooms allow you to break a large group in a Teams meeting into smaller, semi-private meetings for group discussions, and then bring the group back into the larger meeting. These are fantastic for small group brainstorming activities or organizing small networking events during your larger meeting.

You can learn all about breakout rooms and how to use them in your next meeting in this blog post from Microsoft:

New Microsoft Teams Features: Meeting Options

Teams has recently added some exciting new Meeting Options that can be used to give the meeting organizer even more control of attendee interactions. To access these features, open an already-booked Teams meeting in your calendar and click on the “Meeting options” link as shown here:

Enhancing Student Experience with U of G Virtual Labs

Computer labs on campus often contain software programs that area critical for hands-on learning in certain courses. With the pandemic limiting physical access to these labs, it became a priority for campus IT partners to find a workable solution. 

Thanks to their fast and thorough work, U of G now has three solutions in place: 

New Microsoft Teams Features!

Microsoft has released some great new features for Teams, now available to all U of G users!

New Firewall Rules: Will Your Systems Be Impacted?

On October 17, CCS will be implementing a change to our campus firewall to further improve the University’s security posture. While we are working hard to ensure minimal impact to users, some systems may be affected if they are not identified in advance and added to our “allow list.” This is why we need your help!

Hacker with a fishing rod catching a man's laptop.

Phishing Scams at U of G: What You Need to Know

Phishing is a common technique used by cyber criminals to try to trick you into providing sensitive information. They do this by sending emails posing as legitimate organizations, such as the University or your bank. Phishing messages will often lure you into clicking a link to a web page that mimics a legitimate site, such as the University of Guelph Single Sign-On page. If you enter your credentials, these criminals will then have access to both personal and University information which they can sell, use for criminal activity, or hold hostage for a significant price.

New Live Chat on CCS Website!

CCS has a new live chat function on our website to help serve you better! This is a giant leap forward in terms of providing user-friendly, just-in-time support to our customers. Launched just in time for students’ return to campus, it has already served as a really useful part of our service delivery toolkit. You can see this new feature in the bottom right of the screen when you are on the CCS website.

Faster Internet and WiFi on the U of G Campus!

Here's some great news that will immediately benefit faculty, staff, and students on the U of G campus: CCS has (more than) doubled the University internet and WiFi speeds!

Some of the benefits of this enhancement include:

Get Free Pizza at the Cyber Security Awareness Roadshow!


The CCS Cyber Security Awareness Roadshow is taking place on Tuesday, October 29 in the UC courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn how to: 

  • recognize phishing scams
  • stay safe on social media
  • protect your devices
  • have uncrackable passwords

See you there! 

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