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

14 Sep 2019

Expanded campaign kicks off with café-themed event, the first of four roadshows focusing on personal losses that could result from cyber threats

 

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) launched its third National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign today 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 23 to 24 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 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 cyber criminals. 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, “Cyber criminals are always on the lookout for new victims and their methods evolve and get more sophisticated with time. While the government will continue our efforts to protect our essential services from cyber threats and create a 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.

Visitors will also get a chance to spin the wheel to redeem mobile pop sockets, mobile camera lens and umbrellas. At the same time, there are prizes to be won during the hourly quiz. The event is open to the public from 11am to 6pm on 14 and 15 September 2019. For event updates, please visit: https://www.csa.gov.sg/gosafeonline/news-and-events

About the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) provides dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions and works with sector leads to protect Singapore’s critical services. It also engages with various industries, and stakeholders to heighten cyber security awareness as well as to ensure the holistic development of Singapore’s cyber security landscape. The Agency is part of the Prime Minister’s Office and is managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information.