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This year, life happens online

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. This year we're shining a light on all the ways the internet allowed us to stay connected and find a new "normal" in our lives.

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.

October 4-8

Week 1: Staying in touch

No matter what's going on around us, the internet keeps us in touch and spending time with our favourite people. This week, we'll focus on staying safe while being social with topics including:

  • Avoiding phishing scams
  • Keeping private information private
  • Using strong passphrases and complex passwords and enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA)

October 11-15

Week 2: Sharing special moments

We’re not always able to be around for the big things in life, but the internet has made it easier to share in those moments even when we can’t be there in person. From the video of your baby’s first steps to photos of their graduation, we’ll focus on sharing special moments safely with advice on:

  • Staying safe while file sharing
  • Malware and antivirus software
  • Storing and backing up data

October 18-22

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

October 25-29

Week 4: Families and businesses

This past year has been a difficult one for many Canadians, but two groups have faced unique challenges: kids (who are missing school, friends and activities) and small and medium businesses (who had to shift suddenly from business as usual). This week we’re splitting the focus between these two groups and talking about:

  • Keeping kids and families safe online
  • Running a cyber safe business

Stay connected and become a partner

Partnerships are a key element of success to the Get Cyber Safe campaign. If you'd like to partner with us on Cyber Security Awareness Month or on future opportunities, please email

  1. Bookmark the Get Cyber Safe website and come back regularly for cyber security resources, tips and tools.
  2. Follow, Like, and Share Get Cyber Safe content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  3. Use #GetCyberSafe, #Cyber, #Cybersecurity and #CSAM2021 in your posts.
  4. Follow the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security on social and keep up to date with their advice and guidance.

For questions or additional information please contact Get Cyber Safe by:


Toll-free telephone: 1-833-CYBER-88 (1-833-292-3788)

National Capital Region telephone: 613-949-7048


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