Cyber Security Centre of Excellence
Learn how the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence helps strengthen cyber security across ministries and broader public sector organizations.
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The Cyber Security Centre of Excellence helps educate Ontario government ministries and broader public sector organizations about cyber security and best practices to keep Ontarians’ information safe and secure. We provide advice, guidance, information and services to strengthen digital resilience while meeting digital service delivery expectations.
Examples of broader public sector organizations include:
- school boards
- children's aid societies
- community care access corporations
- corporations controlled by one or more designated public service organization(s) that exists soley or primarily for the purpose of purchasing goods or services for said organizations
- publicly funded organizations that receive $10 million or more from the Government of Ontario
The Cyber Security Centre of Excellence offers education and awareness materials about cyber security. You can access online learning modules to complete training on foundational cyber security topics.
Cyber Security Awareness Month
Cyber Security Awareness Month is an annual campaign held each year to inform on the importance of cyber security.
As a general rule, do not click on any links, open any emails, or share personal information unless you are sure the site or sender is who they say they are. Take your time when opening and reading emails and text messages.
Throughout October, find resources and tips on the Cyber Security Learning Portal.
Sign up today to receive updates on Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Community of Practice
The Community of Practice is a network of cyber practitioners in the broader public sector that participate in regular webinars to stay up-to-date on the latest cyber security news and information from the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.
Request to join the Community of Practice
Vendor of Record program
The Vendor of Record program provides high-quality products and services at competitive pricing for broader public sector organizations.
You can find frequently requested vendor services, such as cyber incident response and forensics, in Tender-11558 – IT Security Products and Services on the Supply Chain Ontario website.
Cyber Security Expert Panel
The Cyber Security Expert Panel was established in October 2020 to provide the Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery with recommendations to improve digital resilience across government and the Broader Public Sector. This report is part of Ontario’s first-ever Cyber Security Strategy and an important milestone in our efforts to improve our cyber resilience.
In their report, the expert panel provides recommendations to help the Ontario Public Service and Broader Public Sector organizations become more cyber resilient through better preparation, prevention, and response. This provides guidance and supports that municipalities and organizations like hospitals, school boards, colleges and universities, and children’s aid societies need to prevent and respond to future cyber attacks.
Read the Cyber Security Expert Panel final report
Learn more about the Cyber Security Expert Panel members.
Sign up for cyber security services
Sign up to receive alerts and advisories to ensure your organization has the latest information about potential or imminent cyber threats.
Other ways to ensure you have the latest information:
- protect your assets by registering with vendors to receive security information specific to your technology products
- alerts and advisories are also available from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
You can find information about our services on this page and in the Service Catalogue.
Policy and standards
The Government of Ontario Information and Technology Standards (GO-ITS) Security Standards are the official standards adopted by the Government of Ontario.
To learn more about our services, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.