DT News: Black History Month, Security Awareness Week, and DND/CAF’s Science Integrity Policy

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(G) In this episode, we recognize Black History Month…

(S)…we highlight the importance of security practices across Defence…

(G)….and we discuss the release of the new science integrity policy.

February is Black History Month. During this time, we honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, focusing this year on Black Canadian youth.

All Defence Team members should take the time to gain insight into the experiences and achievements of Black Canadians. The determination of Black veterans, and the past struggles they had to overcome to enlist in the military, continue to inspire us through the generations who serve in the present.

Black Canadians have made and continue to make tremendous contributions to the Defence Team, both as uniformed members and as civilian Defence employees. We thank them for their continued service.

(S) Security Awareness Week is taking place this week. It’s designed to increase employee awareness and promote departmental security services.

We recently spoke with Lt(N) Zhao Liu from Director General Defence Security to learn more.

Why is this week important for Defence Team members?

(ZL) Well, it’s important to set aside some time to review our security practices to provide tips to our personnel within the department. We also observe Security Awareness Week or SAW, as we call it in DGDS, to provide tips and also address risks and vulnerabilities associated with our work.

(S) What are some tips for daily security vigilance that we might not think about on a day-to-day basis?

(ZL) Well, a few things that come to mind, a few things to avoid; disclosing your location on social media while in an operational environment, disclosing the details of your job to members of the public or on social media, using wireless devices in secure operations zones, and something as common as wearing your building access pass in public. Something we see almost every day.

(S) Thanks so much.

(ZL) Thank you.

(S) Before we go, the Science Integrity Policy for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces is now available online. The policy applies to all members of the Defence Team, and includes a set of guidelines by which members are expected to abide.

(G) Set to take effect on April 1st, the policy puts forward principles that apply to the design, review, communication and use of research and science, noting that scientific integrity is the responsibility of all employees, not just of scientists and researchers. For more information and to read the policy, visit the related links.

(S) That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…

(G) …for Defence Team News!

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