19 October 2021

CSAM: Week 3 – Working & Networking.

Cyber Security Awareness Month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to help the public learn more about the importance of cyber security. This campaign helps Canadians stay secure online by teaching them simple steps to protect themselves and their devices. In 2021, Cyber Security Awareness Month in Canada takes place October 1 to October 31 and the theme is “Life Happens Online”.

Now more than ever, it’s important to understand the risks of cybersecurity and how to protect your information and your identity. Each week, we’ll be showcasing the many ways the internet has helped us to live our lives as normally as possible this year and let you know how you can stay connected safely.

This year, life happens online

The internet really came through this year. With the help of our devices, the internet let us spend time with our friends and families, share special moments and make our lives feel as normal as possible — even when they weren’t. By protecting our devices, accounts and connections, we can make sure we never miss a moment of our online lives.

Week 3: Working and networking

The internet has allowed many Canadians to work remotely over the past year and a half. While some Canadians might be back in the office this fall, it’s likely many still aren’t— and some might be working from home permanently. This week, we’ll talk about how to continue working from home safely with a focus on:

  • Using Wi-Fi safely
  • Setting up a secure home network
  • Workplace and career-specific cyber threats

Red Rhino Resources:

Following this week’s theme, we gathered a few resources for you to read and stay informed:

Have you ever received an email and found yourself scratching your head wondering if it’s real? Scammers will use emails to trick you into sharing personal information. These emails and sometimes text messages can look very legitimate, but there are steps you can take to avoid falling into a trap.

Read our guide: How to spot phishing scams.

Wi-fi hotspots are everywhere these days. At your local coffee shop, the airport, hotels, and even restaurants. Many people rush to connect to free wi-fi with hopes to cut down on data usage, but have you ever wondered if it’s safe? With data breaches being at an all-time high, you’re smart to be concerned.

Read our article: What you need to know before connecting to public wi-fi.

With increasing cases of COVID-19 and the recent orders from the Public Health Officer, it is now essential that businesses have daily screening measures in place for their employees. We wanted to share how you can use Forms in Office 365 for a quick and easy way to allow your staff to submit the health check while compiling the results into a spreadsheet.

Read our guide: How to quickly create an online covid-19 health check form.

There can be no doubt that the term ‘data breach’ is one that companies of all kinds dread hearing. However, they seem to be an occupational hazard given the increasing sophistication of malware, ransomware, and other types of viruses. But what is the real impact of having your data compromised? The news is quick to identify which companies have suffered data breaches, but there’s often little follow up on the actual impact.

Read our article: The effect of data breaches on the stock market.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are waking up to the idea that migrating their servers to the cloud is a surefire way of future-proofing their IT stack. For most organizations, cloud adoption is underway in some form, most commonly email solutions, but there is significant cloud opportunity left untapped. Server workloads, communication, workflow management, and collaboration solutions are low-hanging fruit that many organizations are not fully utilizing.

Read our article: Migration to the cloud.