October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
Our world is more interconnected than ever before. It seems today, everyone uses a mobile device as part of their lifestyle. For all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud and abuse. Everyone must contribute to making the Internet safer and more secure. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet, our devices and networks safely, we make cyberspace more secure for everyone. Together we will ensure a safer digital society, more resistant from attacks and more resilient if an attack occurs.
Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems. Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s safety. Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
The Information Security Awareness Team has created a Cyber Security Awareness Month Quiz to test your cyber knowledge.
The federal government’s Get Cyber Safe campaign is designed to help Canadians better understand the cyber threats they face online and the simple steps they can take to minimize those risks. Visit the Get Cyber Safe website for the Cyber Security Awareness Month Toolkit.
The National Cyber Security Alliance also has a campaign for Cyber Security Awareness Month. They state that cyber security begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt: Stop. Think. Connect. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviours online and enjoy the benefits of the Internet. Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone.
Check out the free Security Tools and Games below to find out how some of the things we do every day could be exposing you and your employer to risk:
GRC's Interactive Brute Force Password “Search Space” Calculator
NOVA Labs Cybersecurity Lab Game
Check the Information Security Branch Security Awareness website on a regular basis for updated information.
- Visit the StaySafeOnline website.
- Familiarize yourself with the B.C. government’s Information Security Policy, Appropriate Use Policy, and Working Outside the Workplace Policy.
- Read the Information Security Branch’s Security 101 Guidebook (PDF).
- Subscribe to the Information Security Branch Security News Digest to learn about security threats, privacy issues and related topics.
Save the date: next Security Day, November 8, 2017
Save the date for our next Security Day on November 8th with the theme of "Demistyfing Defensible Security".
Presentations by Microsoft, IBM, TELUS, KPMG and many of our own Defensible Security experts.
Visit the Security Day web page for more information.