Federal Government Launches Cybersecurity Certification Program for SMBs

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Canada’s federal government has established a certification program designed to educate small to medium-sized businesses about the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

The CyberSecure Canada program aims to give certified businesses official recognition by the federal government for meeting the baseline security controls developed by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

The program is tailored specifically for SMBs (up to 499 employees) because they have fewer IT resources, and they account for a significant number of data breaches. However, enterprise-sized companies and not-for-profits are also eligible.

CyberSecure Canada provides a series of e-learning modules to guide business owners and employees on cybersecurity risks and threats. Issues covered by the modules include identifying risks and threats, implementing appropriate cybersecurity best practices, and identifying opportunities to improve and manage cybersecurity.

Businesses that are certified through the program will be approved to display a certification badge issued by the federal government; Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) will also provide certified businesses with digital and print versions as needed.

For more information on the CyberSecure Canada Program, visit their website: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/137.nsf/eng/h_00000.html

Certification does not guarantee complete protection from cyber threats. However, the processes and best practices learned through the certification process, will provide businesses owners, managers and employees with the tools and abilities to improve your level of cyber risk and to better deal with breaches, if they occur.

If you’re concerned about the level of protection within your I.T. systems and its strength against cyber threats, talk to us.  We have I.T. security tools, resources and programs that can help you level up your protection against cyber threats and your overall I.T. health.  We make I.T. easy.

 

Article Sources: IT World Canada, Insurance Business Canada

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