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Information security training for everyone

Cybersecurity (or information security) has different dimensions. In order to better equip Quebec's public service personnel, including those in the education network, the Quebec government has mandated Laval University's Digital Transformation Academy (DTA) to develop information security training accessible to all.

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Cybersecurity (or information security) has different dimensions. In order to better equip Quebec's public service personnel, including those in the education network, the Quebec government has mandated Laval University's Digital Transformation Academy (DTA) to develop information security training accessible to all.

With the omnipresence of digital platforms in our lives and recent episodes of personal information theft, information security has never been more important. In this context, it is necessary to develop new reflexes and to be vigilant when using digital tools. This may involve the protection of personal information or the security of online educational platforms (see other text), or phishing and fake news.

Phishing

Phishing is one of the biggest scourges of our time. It is a common tactic used by cybercriminals to steal your personal and financial information. Phishing messages take the form of an e-mail, text message or phone call from a cybercriminal who tries to pretend to be someone they are not, such as a representative of your bank. The recipient is then prompted to click on a link or open an attached file (don't act on it!).

Phishing emails can quickly cripple an entire organization. Sometimes all it takes is for a user to click on the attachment and a virus invades the entire computer system.

ATN's training courses

In an effort to better equip public service employees, including school personnel, the Government of Quebec has mandated ATN to develop training for its employees. Most of these courses are available online in the form of interactive self-training capsules.

The courses are presented in a catalog. They include the concepts, objectives and guiding principles of information security, its governance, information security risk management, and the implementation and maintenance of an information security management system.

In particular, four 10-minute vignettes produced by the Treasury Board Secretariat are considered important for staff. They deal with digital threats in the workplace.

  1. Cyberdefense - Security of mobile devices
  2. Cyber defense - Phishing
  3. Cyber defense - Viruses and ransomware
  4. Cyber defense - Social engineering or the art of manipulation

They are presented in the catalog on pages 34 to 37. 

How do I get there?

When accessing the address for the first time https://transformation-numerique.ulaval.ca/competences-numeriques-gouvernementalesthe following page is obtained.

You must enter your professional email and click on "submit". You will then receive a link that allows you to see the training courses that are available to your organization:

The mandatory trainings are those whose names begin with Cyber Defense, but there are others that can be taken by interested individuals.

Budgetary rules

A sign that cybersecurity is becoming a priority in the education network, two budget measures specifically address information security (Measure 30180). They focus on the development of sector incident management coordinators (SIMCs) and information security officers (ISOs) in educational organizations (30181); as well as assistance with the implementation of information security (IS) processes in educational institutions (30182).

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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