Third National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign “Go Safe Online 2019” to Boost Adoption of Good Cybersecurity Habits

Third National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign “Go Safe Online 2019” to Boost Adoption of Good Cybersecurity Habits

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has launched its third National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign with a launch event “Go Safe Online C.A.F.E. (Cybersecurity Awareness for Everyone)” at Ang Mo Kio Central Stage.

CSA’s third National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign, organised in collaboration with the Cyber Security Awareness Alliance, has expanded since its inception in 2017. This year’s campaign will see the number of roadshows ramped up from one to four, with the next roadshow to be held in Our Tampines Hub on 24 to 25 November 2019. This will be followed by two roadshows held at educational institutions early next year. The expanded campaign marks CSA’s continued efforts to bring cybersecurity awareness to the community and provide an avenue for members of the public to pick up cybersecurity tips and get face-to-face advice from cyber champions onsite.

This year’s campaign builds on the momentum from past years and continues to encourage the adoption of good cybersecurity habits such as using strong passwords, enabling Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), spotting signs of phishing, updating software promptly; and installing anti-virus software. A series of four campaign videos, as well as print and online adaptions, are making its rounds on social media, in addition to out-of-home platforms including clinics, lift doors, buses, bus shelters and MRT stations.

The findings from CSA’s 2018 annual public awareness survey showed that while the majority (78%) of 1,105 respondents agreed that all Singaporeans have a role to play in ensuring cybersecurity, many respondents do not take any steps to enhance their cybersecurity posture as they felt that they would not fall prey to cybercriminals. With this in mind, the focus of this year’s campaign centres on personal losses that can result from poor cyber hygiene, such as the loss of our valuable financial details, sensitive data and even loss of control over our digital lives.

Mr Teo Chin Hock, Deputy Chief Executive (Development), CSA, said,

“Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for new victims and their modus operandi evolves and gets more sophisticated with time. While the government will continue our efforts to protect our essential services from cyber threats and create secure cyberspace for our businesses and the community, the government cannot do it alone. We must all do our part to protect ourselves from cyber threats.”

About Go Safe Online C.A.F.E. 2019

Held on 14 and 15 September at Ang Mo Kio Central Stage, the event is the first in a series of four roadshows aimed at encouraging the adoption of cybersecurity measures in a fun and engaging way. The event features three interactive activities that visitors can engage in. At the start of their experience, visitors will be handed a journey card for them to collect a stamp at each of the three activity stations. They are:

1)                  ‘Block the Viruses’ game

Malware infections can harm one’s devices. Players can see how fast they can kill viruses, update their apps and install anti-virus in this fast-paced game.

2)                  ‘Spot Signs of Phishing’ game

Players have to identify real versus phishing emails or websites by looking out for the tell-tale signs of phishing.

3)                  ‘Password Journey’

The public will learn how to create a strong and memorable password and redeem a snack or drink in the process.