Working Remotely

COVID–19 — Action required: New minimum cybersecurity controls for accessing UBC systems and information

As UBC continues to navigate its response to COVID–19, we are seeing a significant increase in the volume and sophistication of cyber attacks specifically targeting universities and healthcare research facilities.

• To help protect our systems and information, the UBC Executive has mandated that increased cybersecurity controls must be implemented on servers and computers that are accessing, processing or storing Medium Risk, High Risk, or Very High-Risk information

◦ Devices that require physical access on campus:

▪ It is neither necessary nor recommended to deploy the new minimum cybersecurity controls at this time

▪ these devices can be updated once regular campus operations resume

◦ Devices located offsite/ usage at home:

Encryption must be enabled, and current anti-malware software be installed on personally-owned computers used for accessing UBC systems and information.
▪ There are many options for your choice of current anti-malware, including the installation of UBC-approved software at no cost.
▪ Details about the various options are available on the UBC Privacy Matters website or by contacting SPPH IT at

Zoom Accounts

  • If you are looking into setting up a Zoom account, please fill in the form here and an account activation email will be sent to you in a few business days.

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VPN Access

  • In order to access any to connect to the UBC myVPN service. You can login using your UBC CWL credentials.

Voicemail Access

  • To access your voicemail, dial 604-822-2010 and press #, and enter the last 5 digits of your UBC phone number and then your voicemail password.

Email Access

  • UBC webmail link: can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. You’ll be asked to authenticate using Duo so you may need to have your mobile device handy

Shared Drive and Workspace Access

  • Accessing shared files can be done by mapping a connection to Teamshare. This still requires a VPN connection. The SPPH Teamshare location is: \\\TEAM\SPPH\CORE (Windows) or smb:// (Mac)

Your username to login is EAD\insert_your_cwl_username

On Windows, you will have to select more choices and then enter EAD\insert_your_cwl_username

On Macs, you will have to connect as a registered user then enter EAD\insert_your_cwl_username

Teaching and Canvas

  • You can access Canvas by going to this link from any device: and logging in with your CWL credentials. You will be asked to authenticate via Duo as well.

Collaboration and audio conferencing

  • To use Skype for Business for collaboration, download the Windows or Mac version depending on your system. The UBC collaboration site has information on how to sign in if you’re having issues.
  • If you are hosting a telephone meeting only via Skype for Business, you’ll need your Skype for Business PIN. This was provided to you when you were provisioned with access.
  • For optimal performance please disconnect from VPN and use a wired internet connection if you plan to use the call/video options in Skype for Business
  • To reset your Skype for Business PIN, please do so here.

Please contact our IT team or create an online support ticket should you have any further questions.