CBE Recognizes Cyber Security Awareness Month

Sep. 29, 2022

The Calgary Board of Education values the protection of all employee and student data. As part of our efforts to build a culture of information security, the organization is promoting Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.

This year’s theme is “Fight Phishing: Ruin a Cyber Criminal’s Day.”

Phishing is one of the biggest cyber threats Canadians are facing today, according to the Government of Canada.

Phishing is a method used by criminals to gather personal information and/or log-in credentials by using deceptive emails and websites. Thieves are finding ever-more creative ways to gain access to bank accounts, corporate networks and network accounts (like your CBE account), social media accounts, and much more.

Cyber security is a shared responsibility. If you want to help fight phishing, you can:

  • Help promote Cyber Month on your own personal social media channels.
  • Make sure you’re following cyber security best practices at work and at home. Remember to always pause and think before you click on a link or open an attachment in an email message.
  • Talk about cyber security with friends and family – here are resources to help you!

It takes each one of us to help mitigate the many cybersecurity threats that exist in today's connected world.

Security Awareness Presentations

The CBE recognizes the credibility of information and training materials produced by the SANS Institute.

‘MFA Fatigue’ and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

The issue of Multi-factor authentication (MFA) fatigue is on the rise in 2022. In this form of cyber attack, an adversary will try repeatedly to log in to a given user account configured with multi-factor authentication. The goal is to overload the user with prompts so that they eventually accept the 2FA request, even if they did not initiate it.

We encourage all users to continue to reject 2FA requests from unknown sources, and share concerns with ​supervisors and the IT department.

Security Resources

For additional information on IT security, view the following sites: