Alberta is a leader in public-sector cybersecurity. Our Cybersecurity Services division works with federal, provincial and territorial counterparts to develop and communicate a critical infrastructure protection strategy for government systems.
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The Government of Alberta is committed to ensuring the security of the public by protecting their information from unwarranted disclosure.
Individuals who have encountered a technical issue are encouraged to report the issue or defect.
We live in an increasingly digital world where cyber threat actors grow more inventive all the time, meaning that Alberta’s government must ensure our systems can stand up to larger numbers of more sophisticated attacks.
An important aspect of this work is applying rigorous security protocols to digital systems that hold personal information and support government services.
The Government of Alberta Cybersecurity Strategy is a proactive framework of practices based on the industry-leading principles of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
We are committed to protecting system and information confidentiality, integrity and availability in the face of increasingly complex threats to cybersecurity.
Our Cybersecurity Strategy centres on 10 pillars that guide and support the program.
- Expand the Alberta government cybersecurity program to assist Alberta stakeholders. We are leading a community-of-interest group to strengthen the overall provincial cybersecurity posture by supporting public agencies, businesses and individuals.
- Adopt and leverage a standard risk-based cybersecurity framework. Our Information Security Management Directives document basic controls to be implemented into systems.
- Increase information security awareness. Training staff to recognize and respond to cyber threats to dramatically improve the organizations’ chances of keeping assets secure.
- Identity, protect, and monitor critical systems. Our Disaster Recovery Framework helps us plan, test, and ensure critical services are available when they’re needed most.
- Shift from reactive incident response to protective threat management. Taking an aggressive and proactive stance ensures that threats are identified and dealt with early.
- Reduce or eliminate digital services-based fraud. Enabling multifactor authentication, behaviour analysis fraud detection systems, and other automated tools helps reduce fraud.
- Leverage cryptology and keep an eye on quantum computing. Government data is encrypted when in use, in transit and in storage. Quantum computing may further enhance this approach.
- Shift security control from network periphery to end-points. Increasingly, attackers look for vulnerabilities on devices and hosting services, so enhancing their protections.
- Security through application lifestyle. We are working to build cybersecurity into every new and redesign service, from the first day of development.
- Develop new cybersecurity talent. We are exploring innovative ways to train, attract, and retain talented and qualified cybersecurity professionals to protect assets.
CyberAlberta Community of Interest
The CyberAlberta Community of Interest gathers Alberta stakeholders to help strengthen the province’s overall cybersecurity posture, including the level of protection applied to critical infrastructure. This made-in-Alberta solution aims to equip public and private sector entities with the skills they need to protect themselves and Albertans in the face of ever-evolving cyber threats. Read the terms of reference (PDF, 311 KB).
CyberAlberta is focused on exploring and understanding growing threats and how to treat them to help protect Albertans, their personal information, the services they rely on everyday, and critical infrastructure that supports their lives and livelihoods. The group also helps promote best practices in cybersecurity to help organizations stay ahead of these threats and is working to develop new cyber talent across the province to address the growing demand for skilled professionals.
About 100 organizations across Alberta participate in CyberAlberta, including public sector organizations, not-for-profits, and businesses.
If your organization is interested in participating, please contact [email protected].
Strong cybersecurity habits help protect the personal information you keep online. As cyber attacks become more common and cybercriminals become more creative, it’s important to take measures to protect your online identity.
These printable tip sheets can help you stay ahead of cyber threats:
- Internet of Things
- Multifactor authentication
- Home network security
- Security software
- Understanding malware
- Working from home
Businesses, non-profits, and other organizations may also benefit from these tips:
The following eCourses will help you polish your cybersecurity skills to stay safe online. Each course should only take about 10 minutes to complete.
Protecting information when working offsite
This course outlines best practices that help you ensure data is secure when you are working away from your work station.
Phishing and social engineering
Cyber criminals may use phishing or social engineering to pose as an individual or organization in order to gain your personal information. Learn to spot the signs.
Malware and ransomware
Malware is any harmful software designed to damage a computer. There are many different forms, including viruses and ransomware, which denies a user access to their device until they pay a ransom.
Safe electronic and physical document handling
Everyone has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect information while they are at work. Learn how to safely access, manage, store, and dispose of physical and electronic documents.
Your password is your first line of defence from cyber criminals. Keep your accounts secure by creating a strong passphrase that is meaningful to you but difficult to crack.
Report an issue or defect
The personal information collected is in accordance with section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the FOIP Act) (RSA 2000,C.F-25) and will be protected under Part 2 of the Act.
Any personal information that is collected through the Report an Issue or Defect Form may be used to provide updates on your submission.
Should you require further information about collection, use and disclosure of personal information please direct your questions or inquires to Manager, Cybersecurity Awareness at 780-638-3111 or email at [email protected].
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