THE Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) continued its annual Cyber Security Awareness Seminar in schools this year with a talk to RIPAS Secondary School at Kg Birau, Mukim Kiudang, Tutong on October 14. One hundred and forty of Year 10 students and 10 teachers attended the talk held at the school’s main hall. The seminar comprised a series of talks by AITI, the Department of Schools under the Ministry of Education, Royal Brunei Police Force and Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).
According to a press release, the seminar began with an opening remark by Haji Zailani bin Haji Abdul Malik, Senior Manager of Information Security from AITI. This was followed by an introduction to the Content Advisory Council and the proper etiquette of using social media by Hasdinah binti Juini, Assistant Manager of Content Regulation from AITI.
Sofiza Ashikin binti Yusof from the Royal Brunei Police Force highlighted the growing concerns about sexual exploitation and online grooming. She gave examples of local cases which involved underage victims of rape, unlawful carnal knowledge and cyber bullying where most of the victims met their abusers online through social networks.
The final presentation was given by Aslin bin Morni, Operation Officer from BruCERT which covered topics on Brunei’s Computer Misuse Act, social networking which included issues such as identity theft and privacy settings, password management and incident reporting.
This cybersecurity awareness programme has been active since 2009 and to date has reached over 7,500 secondary school students, 2,000 primary school pupils, 500 teachers and 600 parents nationwide.
The main objective is to educate the public and instill in students the importance of practicing safety, security and good ethics while engaging in online activities such as surfing the internet, social networking, information retrieval and e-commerce. The cybersecurity awareness talk is one of the public awareness initiatives identified under the National Child Online Protection National Strategy Framework for Brunei Darussalam. This awareness raising initiative is also a national effort underlined by the Asean-Japan Information Security Policy. This seminar with a series of awareness talks will continue to cover more schools nationwide.