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October 2021 Cyber Security Awareness Month(CSAM)

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Overview about this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month

This year’s campaign focuses on informing all Canadians about simple ways to protect themselves and their devices. This year’s theme provided by GetCyberSafe, consists of shining a light on all the ways that the internet has allowed us to stay connected and find a new “normal” in our lives.

Each week, we'll be showcasing the many ways the internet has helped us to live our lives as normally as possible this year and let you know how you can stay connected safely.

CSAM Weekly Content

No matter what's going on around us, the internet keeps us in touch and spending time with our favourite people.

This week, we'll be focusing on staying safe while being social with topics including:

We're not always able to be around for the big things in life, but the internet has made it easier to share in those moments even when we can't be there in person.

From the video of your baby's first steps to photos of their graduation, we'll focus on sharing special moments safely with advice on:

  • Staying safe while file sharing
  • Malware and Anti-Virus Software 
  • Storing and Backing up Data - File Survival Tips

The internet has allowed many at VIU to work remotely over the past year and a half. While some VIU folks might be back in the office this fall, many still aren't and some might be working from home permanently.

This week, we'll talk about how to continue working from home safely with a focus on:

VIU Research Community 

Research data remains a primary target for cyberattacks.  All members of the VIU research community are encouraged to take extra precautions to protect the security of their research. Click here for information and resources available at VIU.

This past year has been a difficult one for many Canadians, but two groups have faced unique challenges:

  • Kids whom are missing school, friends, and activities
  • Small and Medium Businesses that had to shift suddenly from business as usual

This week we're splitting the focus between these two groups and talking about:

VIU CSAM Challenge

Want to learn about Cyber Security and win a PRIZE, then this challenge is for you!

How to enter

A VIULearn course has been setup consisting of fun ways to learn about Cyber Security tips and tricks and a chance to participant in the activities for the VIU CSAM! Check out the VIULearn Course: VIU Cyber Security Awareness Month using your VIU Employee Account Credentials! 

What could you win?

Participate every week to receive a custom CSAM badge and one lucky winner will win a PRIZE! In order to receive a custom CSAM badge, participate in at least one of the activities per week! For a chance to win a prize, participate in ALL of the activities planned for each week during the month of October for VIU Cyber Security Awareness Month! The winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email via The winner will be announced in the VIU Digest on Wednesday November 3, 2021.


The internet really came through this past year. With the help of our devices, the internet let us spend time with our friends and families, share special moments and make our lives feel as normal as possible — even when they weren’t. By protecting our devices, accounts and connections, we can make sure we never miss a moment of our online lives.

After over a year of being so connected to the internet, it’s still important to make sure we’re doing it securely.