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March 22, 2017


As part of the ongoing effort to ensure and improve the University’s IT security, SFU is restricting remote access to all campus printers. Universities are increasingly being targeted by malicious attacks involving cybercrime. Recent attacks at Carleton University, Queen’s University, and the University of Calgary demonstrate that current IT security measures must continually be heightened. 

As a result, the University is introducing steps designed to reduce the number of unauthorized access attempts to SFU’s systems. Our next change in this area will begin March 27, 2017, when we shut down access to printers from off campus. We will use this change to increase security and prevent unauthorized remote access to printers at all three campuses. Accessing printers while on campus and printing from one campus to another (e.g. Vancouver to Surrey) will not be impacted by this change. 

Cybersecurity is a top priority for SFU and we are constantly looking to enhance our security measures in order to protect your networks and your data. Restricting remote access reduces the amount of unauthorized access attempts to campus resources, which means everyone, and their data, benefits.

If you need to print from off campus or have any questions about this change, please contact your local IT support person or email its-help@sfu.ca.