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SAW 2018 – Keep the threat out of the net Season Two

By Capt Fraser Clark, Director General Defence Security

Block. Defend. Protect.

When does a baseball fanatic become a major league hockey coach?

When it’s the bottom of the ninth inning, the score is tied and your team’s heavy hitter – the Departmental Security Officer – hits a grand slam into the top deck at Fenway Park.

This doomsday scenario is a nightmare for any dug-out manager.  Thankfully, for Director General Defence Security, Commodore Josée Kurtz (a baseball enthusiast) the transition from baseball to DGDS “hockey coach” in support of Security Awareness Week wasn’t quite so dramatic.

“I will always be a baseball fan BUT I cannot stress enough the importance that we continue to act like goalies on a security hockey team, making those daily saves which protects us all on the Defence Team,” said Cmdre Kurtz at the NCR kick-off event for Security Awareness Week 2018.

Last year, Director General Defence Security (DGDS) used a new marketing approach to strengthen the security culture of the Defence Team.  The campaign was so successful that DGDS continues to use the sports theme under the tagline: “Security is our Defence – GOAL-OBJECTIF ZĒRØ”.  The underlying message aims at reducing security incidents to zero across DND/CAF. And to achieve this, all members must behave like goalies to prevent security incidents from scoring on our net.

“SAW (Security Awareness Week) is so important to us,” continued the Cmdre “Because it’s vital to raise our awareness regarding our own security habits.  My job, as your coach, is to help protect the team.  But we can only do this by increasing our own vigilance and reducing our complacency.”

Strengthening security culture is all about teamwork.

“We all have to work together to keep the threat out of the net.” said the Cmdre.

Yet, the Cmdre strains to subdue the inner baseball player. “At the end of the day, we’re all here to help protect, promote and support good security but if one of my players hits a home-run, I’ll lead the cheer because we’re all winners in the security game.”

Follow These Tips to Up Your Social Media Security

Whether you’re keeping in touch with family and friends, or just posting a few great pics from your vacation, read on for some social media tips you’ll “like.”

It All Starts With The Password

Passwords are the first step to securing your social media.  Longer passwords are stronger, and good passwords won’t contain your birthdate or other identifiable information, which can make them easier to guess.  Don’t forget to add a password for each account – and also for your mobile phone.

Whose Information Is It Anyway?

At Defence, we are exposed to information we can’t share except with those who need to know and who have the appropriate security screening level.   Whatever you post on social media is being shared with the general public.  Before you post information, always make sure that information belongs to you and not the Government of Canada.

Think About What You Share

Cybercriminals or others may search your personal social media accounts looking for information about you, or information that could reveal facts about DND and the CAF.  And remember, information builds up over time.  We at Defence must ensure the information you post maintains operational security.  Ensure your profile doesn’t contain information that could be used to compromise your identity, like a phone number, home address, or financial information.  Also, make sure that your postings don’t paint a picture of your own or colleagues’ work activity.

More Security, Please

Different social media sites have different privacy settings, and these can change often. Whether you’re an official social media user or just setting up your personal accounts, make sure to monitor privacy settings.  Add additional security measures, like two-factor authentication, if they are available.

Be Careful Where You Click

Social media accounts can be hacked, and criminals can post malicious links.  Critically evaluate the message you receive, especially if you’re being asked to click on a link.  You can hover your mouse over a link before you click it to find out where it will take you.  If you don’t recognize the sender, if the message seems wrong, or if you have a bad feeling about it – don’t click on it.


Use anti-virus software to keep your personal computer safe.  Always update your home computer and your browser.  Having the latest version of software will help protect you against known threats.


Some social media sites will automatically add a geotag to your photos or posts, and this will reveal the physical spot where the photo or post occurred.  We recommend turning off geotagging, because it can easily reveal more information than you intended.  For example, if you’re posting pictures while travelling, a collection of geotags can tell someone where you live – and that you’re not home.

Third Party Dangers

Be careful about what third-party applications you connect to your social media, as these can be hacked or contain malware.

When The Cat’s Away…

Whenever your computer is connected to the Internet, it is vulnerable.  Chances are your home computer is still running while you’re at work.  Turning off your computer or cellphone, or disconnecting the Wi-Fi, can help protect these systems while you’re not using them.

Stay vigilant on social media!

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