Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the start of Cyber Security Awareness Month


Today marks the start of Cyber Security Awareness Month (Cyber Month) in Canada. Led by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) through its Get Cyber Safe campaign, Cyber Month aims to highlight the importance of cyber security to Canadians.

It’s no secret that technology continues to change rapidly, and our digital landscape is becoming increasingly complex. This means malicious actors are finding more opportunities to engage in disruptive and costly cyber activity against us.

On an almost daily basis, we hear of an individual or another organization falling victim to a ransomware attack or a new phishing campaign gaining traction. It can be hard to keep up with these evolving threats and the question we often hear is “What can the average Canadian do to protect themselves?”

Cyber Month is your opportunity to learn more about the steps you can take to keep yourself safe online. This year’s campaign will address cyber security basics like good password practices, how to secure your home Wi-Fi, the importance of backing up your data and more. It also dedicates a week to informing you about how to introduce cyber security to others.

I encourage all Canadian individuals and organizations to get involved in Cyber Month by promoting best practices. The Get Cyber Safe website has ample resources to help make participating in Cyber Month simple and as effortless as possible.  

There’s strength in numbers. Together, we can raise the cyber security bar in Canada.

The Honourable Bill Blair
Minister of National Defence

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