CFIB’s Cybersecurity Academy

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You and your employees can take our online courses to learn about protecting your business from cyber threats. Each lesson takes 5-10 minutes to complete. We also have contests* with cash prizes to encourage you and your employees to complete the courses.

The CFIB Cybersecurity Academy is designed specifically for small business owners and their employees. Learn how to protect your business from cyber criminals and how to respond when attacked. Plus, get critical cybersecurity business templates and tools to start using right away.

List of courses
  • Course 1 – Cyber basics
    • Lesson 1: Cyberattacks can happen to your small business
    • Lesson 2: Empower yourself against cyber crime
    • Lesson 3: Critical 4: Password protection
    • Lesson 4: Critical 4: Phishing
    • Lesson 5: Critical 4: Patching
    • Lesson 6: Critical 4: USBsecurity
  • Course 2 – Social engineering – how to spot it
    • Lesson 1: What is social engineering
    • Lesson 2: Email phishing
    • Lesson 3: Vishing (aka phone phishing)
    • Lesson 4: Other types of phishing
    • Lesson 5: Recommendations & prevention
  • Course 3 – Protecting your business from cyber crime
    • Lesson 1: Protect your business: Ransomware
    • Lesson 2: Protect your business: Patching
    • Lesson 3: Protect your business: Passwords
    • Lesson 4: Protect your business: Data backups
    • Lesson 5: Protect your business: The Cloud
    • Lesson 6: Protect your business: Outside support
  • Course 4 – What to do when you are hacked
    • Lesson 1: Prepare for a cybersecurity incident
    • Lesson 2: Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan: Gather your data
    • Lesson 3: Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan: Respond during an incident
    • Lesson 4: Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan: Recover after an incident
    • Lesson 5: Cyber insurance: Find the right fit for you
  • Course 5 – Recognizing fraud (coming soon!)
  • Course 6 – All about credit cards (coming soon!)
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List of templates

In these lessons you will also get valuable downloadable templates and tools to enhance cybersecurity in your business, including:

  • Cybersecurity Emergency Contact List Template
  • Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan (CIRP)
  • Cybersecurity Insurance Preparation List
  • Cybersecurity Inventory Tracker
  • Cybersecurity Service Provider Prep Template
  • Phishing: Don't Get Caught Poster
  • Social Media Policy Template
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NOT A MEMBER YET?

Thanks to Mastercard, you can get a introductory membership to CFIB which will allow you to access the Academy for free. Once you register, log in to the CFIB member portal to access the Academy.

Members and their employees can access the Cybersecurity Academy through the member portal. Make sure your employees are set up as contacts in your member account and get them to set up a new password if they haven’t logged in before.

GET YOUR EMPLOYEES INVOLVED

Most (95%) cyberattacks are successful because of human error. Employee training is critical - get your employees involved in this training today. Our free Employee Email Template will help you get started.

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Cybersecurity questions?

Do you have specific questions about cybersecurity? Want to speak to someone over the phone or ask us a question by email? 
We’ve worked with the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) to build cybersecurity advice into our business helpline and help get you in the right direction. 

Thank you

CFIB would like to thank Mastercard and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) for their support in amplifying the cybersecurity resources CFIB has to offer small businesses.

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Its mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible.

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up the vast majority of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada.