Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

October 02, 2009 15:44 ET

October Is Cyber Security Awareness Month

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2009) -

Editors note: 4 photos and 2 audio clips are included with this press release on Marketwire's website.

CORE NEWS FACTS:

- Public Safety Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are collaborating with the Retail Council of Canada to get the word out about protecting Canadians online as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

- Each October, government and business leaders promote Cyber Security Awareness Month to remind individuals how to protect themselves and to guard against cyber crime. Through this collaboration, the brochure, Protect your computer, your information, your family and yourself is being distributed by retailers across Canada.

- Canada is collaborating with law enforcement agencies around the world to promote cyber crime prevention and mitigation activities. The RCMP is actively participating in these international efforts.

- Research indicates that Canadian Internet users value convenience over security. This means that while many Canadians feel vulnerable to online security problems, most still engage in high risk activities such as opening email from unknown sources. The majority of Canadian Internet users also indicate they do not take all the necessary measures that they could to secure personal information on their computers.

- Cyber crimes such as network intrusions, data theft, denial of service attacks, identity theft, online fraud and online sexual exploitation should be reported to local police.

QUOTES

The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety:

"As technology advances, criminal activity is moving online into the cyber world. This poses a real safety and security threat to individual Canadians, who can become victims. Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to inform individuals, families, and businesses of the risks we all face and how to stay safe online." CLICK FOR AUDIO FILE: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Minister_Quote_ENG.mp3

Retail Council of Canada President and CEO, Diane J. Brisebois:

"The Retail Council of Canada is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to help bring awareness to this important issue. The retail sector in Canada is at the forefront of combating cyber crime and is committed to ensuring that customer information remains secure and private."

RCMP Officer in Charge, Technological Crime Branch, Supt. Tom Pownall:

"Cyber criminals can use the Internet to communicate, plan activities, recruit, raise and launder funds and commit online crimes. Law enforcement agencies must be trained, resourced and equally skilled at using technology to prevent, detect and investigate cyber crime..." CLICK FOR AUDIO FILE: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/RCMP_Cyber_ENG.mp3

BACKGROUND:

Public Safety Canada (PS) was created in 2003 to ensure coordination across all federal departments and agencies responsible for national security and the safety of Canadians. From natural disasters to crime and terrorism, our mandate is to keep Canadians safe.

As more and more activities move online, so do traditional crimes. Canadians can greatly reduce their risk of becoming victims of cyber crime by adopting a number of simple practices, like: updating computer software; regularly changing passwords; and being cautious of offers that seem too good to be true.

The purpose of Cyber Security Awareness Month is to alert Canadians to the growing risk of cyber crime and to provide information about appropriate safeguards that individuals can take to help them stay safe online.

RCMP Technological Crime Program: As experts in forensic investigation of computers and networks, the employees of the RCMP's Technological Crime Program provide specialized technical investigative services to the RCMP, other Canadian police services, and Government of Canada departments and agencies. In the case of Internet investigations, the RCMP Technological Crime Program also provides support to any accredited international police service or agency.

The mandate of the Technological Crime Program includes investigating cyber-threats and/or criminal activity on computer networks, which could have the potential to threaten Canada's critical information infrastructure. These critical infrastructures include energy and utilities such as electrical power, natural gas and oil transmission, communications such as telecommunications and broadcasting systems, and government facilities, information networks and other assets.

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

Public Safety Canada Cyber Security

www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cybersecurity

Cyber Security Practices in Canada (Decima Research, February 2008)

http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/301/pwgsc-tpsgc/por-ef/public_safety_canada/2008/160-07/index.html

Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) is responsible for monitoring threats and coordinating the national response to any cyber security incident. http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/em/ccirc/index-eng.aspx?lang_update=1

To view the photos associated with this press release, please visit the following links:

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091002-Van_Loan_800.JPG

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091002-Diane_Brisebois_800.JPG

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091002-RCMP_800.JPG

http://www.marketwire.com/library/20091002-Logo_Cyber_Security_ENG_800.JPG

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657