| Azaraimy HH |
THE Ministry of Communication in collaboration with the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) launched the National Broadband Policy, in conjunction with the Cybersecurity Awareness Week 2014 at Rizqun International Hotel.
Officiating the launch was Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar.
Also at the event were Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Chairman of AITI, foreign diplomats, permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, AITI members, as well as principals, teachers and participating students.
The National Broadband Policy sets out the government’s overarching policy initiatives and goals for the development of the broadband sector over the next four years (2014-2017). The policy addresses key issues such as accessibility, affordability, quality and usage as well s maximising the adoption and utilisation of broadband.
The minister highlighted the importance of broadband development and cybersecurity towards a sustainable, secure and long-term progress.
The National Broadband Policy identifies policy objectives which will be supported by the implementation plan of identified targets, and indicators to measure progress.
The development of Brunei Darussalam’s National Broadband Policy was led by MinComm back in 2013, with the co-operation of the International Telecom Union (ITU), Korean Communication Commission (KCC) and AITI.
The event also featured activities to mark the cybersecurity awareness campaign. Themed as “The Future: Our responsibility together”, the campaign was aimed to raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of online safety and security among the netizens.
In his welcoming remarks, the Chief Executive of AITI, Awang Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin said, “The theme reminds us of the future, which will depend on broadband as the critical infrastructure and digital technology. It will also involve the vulnerability of children and youths online and hence, necessitates the need to promote safer and responsible use of the Internet. Everyone has a role to play as cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.”
A series of talks on cybercrime in Brunei Darussalam were also held by representatives from the Attorney General’s Chambers while the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) shared Singapore’s experience in promoting cybersecurity awareness. There was also a Creative Presentation Competition on Cybersecurity by the top three finalists from secondary schools.
The Cybersecurity Awareness Week is celebrated by nations across the Asia-Pacific Region to commemorate the APEC-TEL’s Cybersecurity Awareness Day and Asean-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting’s Cybersecurity Awareness Week.
A series of cybersecurity seminars and related activities has been lined up for students, parents and the public.
This event was jointly organised by AITI, Ministry of Education, Attorney General Chambers, Royal Brunei Police Force and BruCERT.
AITI hopes that these activities will provide a better understanding on cyber security and threats while empowering netizens to be responsible while conducting activities online.