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Canada: CCCS releases cybersecurity recommendations for small organizations

On May 26, 2023, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) released cybersecurity recommendations for small organizations. The CCCS outlined foundational security actions that organizations should take to build cyber security resilience, noting that these actions can be implemented over time.

The recommendations include:

  • using complex passwords and multi-factor authentication;
  • updating operating systems and applications automatically;
  • backing up data;
  • installing preventative security tools;
  • training employees on basic cyber security practices; and
  • having an incident response plan ready.

Aside from the list of recommended actions above, the CCCS suggested that organizations take regular inventory of their assets to identify assets of high value they may want to protect. The CCCS also recommended two additional practices for organizations with capacity, namely outsourcing security to a managed or cloud service provider and setting up a secure administrator workstation.

You can read the press release here.