Course DDN235: Discover cyber security


Digital technologies have quickly become an integral part of our daily lives, with new developments and security concerns emerging every day. This online self-paced course helps to build a greater awareness and understanding of the reality of cyber risks by exploring common security vulnerabilities and cyber threats, such as malware, password attacks, and social engineering. Participants will learn to recognize potential threats and how to protect themselves, their digital information, and the systems they use.


The objectives of this course are to ensure that upon successful completion, the participant will be able to:

  • define what is cyber security and what it means to the Government of Canada
  • recognize cyber security threats and the impact of poor cyber practices
  • practice safe cyber behavior

Course outline

  • Module 1 – What is cyber security?
  • Module 2 – What you need to know about cyber security threats
  • Module 3 – Practical ways to protect yourself and your department
  • Module 4 – Final exam

Target audience

Discover Cyber Security is designed for public service employees of all levels.


This course was co-developed with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) and is hosted on the CSPS learning platform.

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