I have changed my mike and headset. Hopefully, that will be better.
Madam Chair, thank you for the opportunity to present yet again. I will start at the beginning, as you've asked, to make sure that the folks who were not able to hear can.
My name is Byron Holland. I'm the president and CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. Our primary mission is the operation of a safe, stable and secure .ca domain name registry.
We are recognized as a global leader in our space. In fact, many other countries leverage our infrastructure, services and knowledge for their own domain name registries. Our technology is considered best in class among our peers. In short, CIRA is fully equipped to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. We are confident in our ability to protect the integrity of .ca.
To date, we have tracked just over 2,000 .ca domain names with COVID-19-related keywords. For context, we've added more than 200,000 .ca domain names since the beginning of the year. This is aligned with what we are seeing from our peers around the world where COVID-19-related domains make up less than 1% of total registrations. However, it is also important to note that many of these domains are perfectly legitimate, and even positive, such as conquercovid.ca, a campaign to support first responders.
We scrutinize all COVID-19-related domain names carefully to make sure that they comply with our rules, particularly our Canadian presence requirements. We are also working with our global domain name community, including organizations such as the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries, to ensure that we are aligned with best global practices.
However, it's important to note that it is not within CIRA's mandate to review or authenticate the content of .ca websites, nor would such authentication be effective, as the Internet and related threats are truly global. While .ca domains are bound by Canadian law, there are thousands of other threats that come in from outside our borders. There are well-established existing tools and processes in place to deal with online fraud and cyber-attacks. If Canadians come across any domain names that they suspect are being used fraudulently or maliciously, they can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or as we've heard, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. We work closely with both organizations.
When it comes to fraud on the Internet, it's important to remember that hackers love a good crisis. While technical solutions form an important barrier to online fraud, the biggest attack vector is human frailty, which cyber-thieves exploit. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has provided these criminals with an atmosphere of heightened anxiety in which to operate and has simultaneously forced most Canadians to work, learn, teach and socialize from their home networks and personal devices, most of which are not equipped with enterprise-grade security.
It is in this environment that we've launched CIRA Canadian Shield, a free security and privacy solution for all Canadians and their families. We've done this, as you heard, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. We currently protect more than 50,000 Canadians, with a growing user base. Canadian Shield reflects CIRA's commitment to build a trusted Internet for Canadians, and we look forward to providing the opportunity to protect every Canadian with this free service.
We also help protect Canada's hospitals, schools, universities and municipalities through our enterprise cybersecurity service, CIRA's DNS Firewall. We have more than 1.1 million users, who include students, teachers, doctors, municipal workers and first responders across Canada. We are providing this service free of charge to all Canadian health care facilities and small businesses until September, hopefully when this crisis will be starting to recede.
Finally, the most important factor in protecting Canadians from fraud on the Internet is knowledge. Much like how your parents taught you to look both ways when crossing the street, Canadians need street smarts on the Internet to be able to identify fraud, fake news, misinformation and scams. The best way to do that is through awareness and education.
At CIRA, we have partnered with Beauceron Security, a great New Brunswick success story, to launch CIRA cybersecurity awareness training, a platform that provides education, benchmarking and ongoing testing to ensure employees have the most up-to-date cybersecurity street smarts. We have also launched a free cybersecurity course, Cybersecurity for Remote Workers, to help the thousands of Canadians now working from home to keep themselves and their organizations safe from cyber threats.
Everything I've mentioned so far represents elements of Canada's leadership, innovation and expertise in the area of cybersecurity. However, as Canada and the world enter an era when the Internet is proving to be the lifeboat for the global economy, we believe Canada must do more to be a global leader in cybersecurity. We would encourage the Government of Canada to dedicate more funding to cybersecurity research, solutions and platforms to protect Canadians and ensure the security of our digital economy. Only through investment can we ensure Canadians have the education, tools and platforms to protect themselves and their businesses from online fraud and malware.
There is no silver bullet. The threat landscape is constantly evolving, and our cybersecurity awareness and technology must keep pace. At CIRA, we're eager to help any way we can.
Thank you for your time.