It's crucial to protect your identity on the internet - Information campaign on Internet Security and Personal Information Protection



    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The ISIQ (Information Security Institute
of Quebec), in cooperation with the Ministère des Services gouvernementaux and
twenty other public and private partners have launched an information campaign
on Internet Security and Personal Information Protection under the theme of
"Identity Theft".
    The campaign's objective is to increase understanding of Internet
security and foster the adoption of best practices when navigating on the
Internet in order to protect one's identity and personal information. In
Quebec, more than 4 million persons have become regular web users. According
to a recent survey (1,070 internet interviews) on perceptions and
understanding of computer security among private Internet users, 45% of
respondents admit to having been subjected to computer attacks of all kinds
and 5% to having been victims of identity theft, which translates into
financial losses (59%) and reputation damage (26%).
    However, 47% are taking no specific steps to reduce their risk of
identity theft. 37% of respondents admitted to sharing their computer access
password with family members, friends and coworkers.
    A similar survey of 647 SMEs shows that 57% of them have been victims of
computer attacks. However, 57% of them have never completed a security risk
analysis of their critical or sensitive assets. Only 52% of them have an
internal directive on computer security and personal information protection,
and only 29% of those who have a directive are asking their employees to sign
a commitment to respect it. 28% of SMEs feel that they do not invest
sufficiently in their technical resources to protect their network and 39%
believe that resources allocated to IT training and staff education on
Information Security are inadequate.
    Individuals have a significant role to play in using their computers
safely and protecting their personal information. Several tools have been
developed to increase awareness and understanding and develop best practices.
These include three educational videos on the Green Family, the ISIQ Blog
(www.isiq.ca), online guides on the Quebec Government Portal (www.gouv.qc.ca)
and ISIQ website.

    Video Messages - Meet the Greens'

    The messages' goals are to educate web users, with a touch of humour, on
information security, recommend the adoption of good practices and encourage
them to visit the ISIQ blog and website for additional information.
    The Green's family sketches show how web users become careless with
Information Security and Personal Information protection when going online and
dealing with their family or friends.

    Personal Information

    Social networking and other Web 2.0 participative and interactive sites
are growing in popularity and are inviting an increasing number of web users
to divulge their personal information in order to develop relationships
through the Internet. In these open spaces, we must never disclose any
personal information in order to protect ourselves, our assets and our
reputation.

    Passwords and the Protection of Wireless Networks

    More and more Internet users are using wireless connections without
taking the necessary precautions to protect them. Choosing a secret password,
one that is difficult to decipher, is of critical importance. That and the use
of a good quality firewall contribute to protecting a computer, its content
and the owner's identity.

    Buying Online and Phishing

    Every day, Internet users receive thousands of e-mails that, at times,
invite them to log on to fake commercial sites in an attempt to collect
personal information that can then be used to their detriment. We must never
shop on sites to which we were referred via an e-mailed hyperlink or buy from
an unknown site. For safe online shopping, certain basic rules of prudence
must be followed.

    Campaign partners:

    Private sector: National Bank of Canada, Desjardins, Vidéotron, DMR, IBM
    Canada, Bell Canada, CA, Sun Microsystems

    Public sector: Ministère de la Justice, Ministère de la Sécurité
    publique, Ministère du Revenu, Ministère de l'Education, des Loisirs et
    du Sport, Services Québec, Office de Protection du consommateur, Régie de
    l'assurance maladie du Québec, Sûreté du Québec, Loto-Québec, and Hydro-
    Québec.




For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Pageau, Communications Manager,
CRIM/ISIQ, (514) 840-1287; Daniel Granger, ISIQ Communications, (514)
840-7990, Daniel.granger@acj.mht.qc.ca

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