RCMP marks cybersecurity awareness month

Questions for Q&A session welcome to be sent in advance

RCMP marks cybersecurity awareness month
The Q&A session will take place on October 28.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will be hosting a live Question & Answer (Q&A) session on Twitter on Oct. 28 to provide awareness about the responsibilities of the RCMP O Division Federal Policing Cybercrime unit.

This is to commemorate cybersecurity awareness month this October.

Inspector Brian Moreau, officer in charge, and Corporal David Sutherland, senior investigator, will take over RCMP’s Twitter feed (@rcmpont @grcont) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to answer questions about the work that they do in Ontario and to offer advice on staying safe in the cyber world.

The team is welcoming cybercrime and cybersecurity-related questions as early as Oct. 27 on its Twitter, Facebook (RCMP.Ontario), Instagram (rcmpontario) accounts and email account.

The RCMP Ontario Cybercrime Team focuses on technology-as-target, which are crimes targeting computers and other information technology.

A CNBC quick survey in March found that 36 per cent of business executives believe that cybersecurity threats have increased as the majority of their employees work from home. Also, employers report that cybersecurity (35 per cent) is now the most in-demand technology skill in the world, according to a Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey released in September.

In September, the federal government encouraged all members of the research community – including those in government, academia, and the private sector – to take extra precautions to protect the security of COVID-19 related research, intellectual property and knowledge development.

WorkSafeNB also warned employers about recent phishing and call scams in New Brunswick telling employers their WHSCC “license” has expired earlier this month.

In June, Randstad shared three ways human resources leaders can reduce data breach risks:

  1. Employee awareness. Employees may innocently click a link in an email or download malware because they lack the knowledge to identify a threat.
  2. Smarter policies and position descriptions. At an organization that's achieved a culture of information security, the responsibility of the individual to protect sensitive data should be clear. This documentation may include acceptable technology use, password format and changes, employee ethics and data protection responsibility and practices.
  3. Crisis management planning. If your organization is ever subject to a security incident, restoring operations quickly can be critical to minimizing revenue loss and maintaining client loyalty. While business continuity is typically an organization-wide effort, HR may be called upon to support efforts to educate employees on crisis behavior and analyze the "people" side of disaster recovery.