Our internet; Our cyber security

October 3, 2018

October isn't just for Pumpkin Spice Everything, it also means Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM). While cyber security doesn't sound as exciting as tasty treats, it is a very important part of all Canadians' lives. If you think about it, you are in touch with digitally-connected devices everywhere – from computers and smartphones to your car and gaming devices, to name a few. Thankfully, there are simple ways you can keep yourself safe in the digital age, and that is where CSAM comes in.

Get Cyber Safe is a great place to learn more about ways to keep yourself and your family safe. With content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, as well as our website, you can find information on multiple topics that affect you in your daily life. Get Cyber Safe is now part of the newly-created Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, which will lead the government's response to cyber events and build a stronger cyber security community with private and public sector partners. The Cyber Centre develops and produces authoritative advice and guidance for people working in the cyber security field. 

While the Cyber Centre is focused on government systems and critical infrastructure, Canadians have a part to play in keeping our personal cyber footprint safe at home, at work, and in our community. Get involved in Cyber Security Awareness Month, and encourage everyone you know to implement changes to their daily habits so you can all be more cyber safe. Learn more about how the digitally connected devices all over your home can be kept safe from cyber attacks. Inform yourself on how to talk to your kids about being safe digital users. Whether you work for a small business or the Government of Canada, there are steps you can take to help keep threats at bay. And while you are learning, make sure to share your new-found knowledge with your friends and family on social media, using hashtags #CSAM and #cybersecurity.

Cyber security is a team sport, and, while we may have the best and brightest working on the bigger problems, everyone has a role to play to keep Canada's cyber space safe. As you will see in the coming weeks, cyber security is about more than just keeping your devices safe. Shopping securely online and knowing when not to share things on social media are also big parts of cyber safety and being good digital citizens. There will be fun events and information coming over the next 5 weeks, and we look forward to hearing from you throughout it all. Happy CSAM month!

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