U of G Appoints New CIO

Dave Whittle has been named the new associate vice-president (AVP) and chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Guelph. Whittle will oversee and is accountable for information technology (IT) across campus, with a keen focus on innovation, efficiency, service culture, and student success.

We are changing to serve you better!

The CCS IT Help Center processes tens of thousands of support requests annually. CCS uses a service desk application called "BMC FootPrints" to help manage and track these support requests and to communicate with clients using email notifications. On Saturday August 25, 2018 we will be performing maintenance on FootPrints. The changes being implemented will improve our internal workflow and, more importantly for our clients, new formatting will improve the consistency and clarity of the email notifications that we send to our clients as we work on their service requests.

U of G Launches Emergency Notification System

The University of Guelph’s NEW emergency notification system – U of G Alert – sends registered users critical messages when an emergency happens on campus.

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VPN Service Migration

Virtual Private Network (VPN) software ensures the security of your connection by encrypting all data transmitted between your computer and the University network, making your connection appear the same as if you were connecting on campus.


The VPN Service Migration Project will move the campus VPN service to the next generation platform effective Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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Skype and WebEx Launch

To further improve collaboration and productivity on and off campus, CCS has launched two exciting new tools: Skype for Business, which is part of the Office 365 toolkit; and Cisco WebEx, a leading enterprise video and web-conferencing tool.

Enter for you change to win a $25 hospitality gift card. #InfoSec #NCSAM

#NCSAM Security Awareness Training Blitz!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (#NCSAM) and your chance to win one of two $25 Hospitality Gift Cards!!  

Here's how it works:

  1. Take either the new Ransomware module  (only 7 minutes!) or the full Security Awareness course on CourseLink during the month of October.
  2. Send a picture of the final screen showing your completion to @uofgccs on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #NCSAM. If you are not on any of these social media platforms, feel free to email the picture to 
  3. Be entered into a draw to win free food!

Winners will be announced at the end of the month.


Do You Know How to Recognize a Phishing Scam?

Do You Know How to Recognize a Phishing Scam?

The online safety and security of the U of G community is a top priority. One of the most common methods for cyber criminals to access your personal information is through phishing email scams, where they attempt to lure you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment, try to convince you to share your identity information (e.g. passwords), or try to infect your system with malware.

Office 365: Where to Find Support

The Undergraduate Office 365 Migration was a success!


From now on, each time you log in to Gryph Mail you will be presented with a choice of “Gryph Mail – Office 365” or “Legacy Gryph Mail – Google". Office 365 should be your primary choice going forward.


We have lots of support available to help you through this change:

Office 365 Migration: Less Than One Month To Go!

Less than one month to go before the U of G undergraduate migration to Office 365! All U of G undergraduate students will have their Gryph Mail (Google) accounts migrated to Office 365 on June 17-18, 2017. What do you need to know? 

  • When you log in after the migration, you will be automatically redirected to your new Office 365 email account. 
  • Your email address will change from to
  • You will have read-only access to your Google account (no send/receive capabilities) for a period of time to allow you to validate that all your information has been migrated. 

For more information, visit

Questions? Contact the CCS Help Centre at or 519-824-4120 x58888.

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