The first-ever collaboration on a virtual cybersecurity event put on by ITWorld Canada was a big success. We more than doubled our expected participation and delivered a unique event that combined live roundtable discussions with pre-recorded, TV-quality interviews with some pretty great speakers. If you missed it, you can still access some of the content over at Maplesec.ca.
We are carrying it on a bit with a product demo webinar where we will walk through all three of our core offerings in (I hope) 30-40 mins. It will be like drinking from a firehose in terms of content but will give attendees a clear understanding of our services for Canadians. It is offered twice in October so for details go here:
And if you don't know CIRA then I will toot our own horn a it here. As a non-profit that has run infrastructure in Canada for over 20 years it is great to expand this capability into cybersecurity. Our uniquely Canadian approach has over 2 million users in our tiny country and this allows us to continue our granting programs for other great non-profit and charitable organizations and activities like CIRA Canadian Shield for households.
CIRA is teaming up with ITWorld Canada to launch a new kind of online event. We are bringing some of the key people involved in cybersecurity in Canada and hope you can join us from October 5-7 to help kick off Cybersecurity Month.
Having been to a few online events so far, we felt that what was missing was quality peer-to-peer discussion - like what you get at a real conference. So this won't be several days jammed with back-to-back one hour presentations. Each day is only three hours and delivers focused, actionable information and plenty of round table discussions and panels for you to interact with your peers.
Best of all - it is free - go here to learn more and to register:
Sep 10, 2020 at 16:32 UTC
The previous post had a link that got a space added on publishing - sorry my bad. I'll just update with the full path here:
For those who follow CIRA, you know we recently launched a free DNS service with malware and phishing filtering options (and DNS encryption for those who really love the DNS).
I ran some reports and saw that the average number of attempted clicks to malicious sites was about 1x per IP address per day. This versus our commercial service that is running at about 0.2x per typical corporate user per day.
There are many reasons for this that are discussed in the blog but the important take-away is a reminder that home networks aren't the safest of environments. For those who want to send users some training - this page has a free course for your home users: https://www.cira.ca/cybersecurity-services/protect-canadaOpens a new window
Okay - this one isn't really cybersecurity but (for some) it is nice to know how a non-profit organization with whom they do business gives back to the Canadian community (if you didn't know CIRA is a member-based non-profit with commercial activities that fund non-profit activities). This release highlights a few of the indigenous and rural community projects:
Why the focus? Because it is timely. We measured that rural download speeds were nearly 12X slower than urban and that during COVID-19 the gap actually grew worse because rural networks got strained while those living in urban ones upgraded their internet packages to work from home.
So strictly speaking, this post isn't about a commercial activity or a useful cybersecurity tip, but if you are wondering about one way you can help, here is a post on peering to your local internet exchange point (IXP)
First off, if you didn't know then about one month ago we launched CIRA Canadian Shield. A free recursive DNS service that includes an option for malware and phishing filtering. I won't go into the full product story or set-up instructions here because you can read that on our site: https://www.cira.ca/cybersecurity-services/canadian-shieldOpens a new window
We have over 30,000 unique IP addresses accessing the service representing perhaps 50,000 - 60,000 Canadians based on typical household size. Of this lists, about 75% have chosen to use the option that includes cybersecurity:
Here is a typical 24 hour snapshot:
Malware blocks = 44219
Total queries = 140 million
May 28, 2020 at 15:57 UTC
Thanks. Trying it out now on my home network.
What your users can teach you about cybersecurity: a fireside chat
Hot off the presses and featured in our gotowebinar video channel...
In this fireside chat, David Shipley (CEO of Beauceron Security) will be joining Mark Gaudet (Cybersecurity Products Manager at CIRA) to talk about what we as IT professionals can learn about cybersecurity directly from our users, using surveys and actionable metrics.
We'll also talk in depth about real stats on cybersecurity awareness and attitudes from a large data set of Canadian employees — if you're considering adopting a training program, these stats will give you an idea of what your organization's baseline culture likely looks like.
CIRA is a not-for-profit that is best known for running the .CA domain name - for those who know the jargon our roots are as a ccTLD.
About 6 years ago we started cybersecurity services for the Canadian market based off of our expertise running critical infrastructure. The goal is to help build a more trusted internet for all Canadians. Today we deliver 3 core services:
- CIRA Anycast DNS,
- CIRA DNS Firewall
- CIRA Cybersecurity Awareness Training
And just last week we launched the early access program for a free DNS service for all Canadians that incorporates malware protection, phishing protection, and DNS privacy - called CIRA Canadian Shield.
I am sure only a part of the Spiceworks community is Canadian - but if you are (or even if you aren't - we're polite) then we can't wait to hear from you!
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