| James Kon |
THE Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) organised the annual Cyber Security Awareness Campaign to provide insights among students on cybercrime and the dangers associated with social media, on Wednesday.
Some 1,150 students from Years 7 to 11 including 130 teachers of Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) attended the campaign.
The series of seminars aim to educate students on the importance of safety, security and practising good ethics while engaging in online activities such as surfing the Internet, social networking, information retrieval and e-commerce.
It is also part of the public awareness initiatives identified under the Child Online Protection (COP) National Strategy Framework for Brunei Darussalam. The seminar comprised talks from AITI, the Content Advisory Council (CAC), the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), and the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).
The seminar began with opening remarks from Haji Zailani bin Haji Abdul Malik, Senior Manager of AITI’s Information Security Unit.
He stressed on the importance of understanding cybersecurity as youths are heavy users of ICT and considered a vulnerable segment of the society.
This reinforces the concern of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah during His Majesty’s Royal 68th birthday celebrations: “In the field of welfare, the emphasis is to continue fighting crime. In this matter, I would like to reiterate the dangers of cyber crime especially among children.”
The seminar included talks on content regulation by Dayang Nursyamimi binti Suhaimi, Manager, Content Regulation from AITI which introduced the Content Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC works to ensure compliance with broadcasting codes and ethics with a view to preserve national harmony.
“Cyber crime in Brunei Darussalam: Legal framework and prosecution” was presented by DPP Norhayati binti Dato Paduka Hj Omar from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).
She highlighted issues of sexual exploitation, online grooming and shared cases which involved underaged victims of rape and unlawful carnal knowledge who met their abusers through social networks online.
Topics on Brunei’s Computer Misuse Act, Malware and Social Networking by Ak Mohd Farid Zulhusni bin Pg Aziz, Operation Officer from BruCERT covered identity theft and privacy settings, password management and incident reporting.
AITI’s cybersecurity awareness programme began in 2009 and has reached out to 7,500 secondary school students, 2,000 primary school pupils, 500 teachers and 600 parents nationwide to date. The series of talks will continue to more schools nationwide to educate parents on the importance of ensuring their children’s safety online.
The seminar also marked the launch of the Cybersecurity Awareness Raising Poster Competition, which is open from January 28 until April 30 to secondary and tertiary students nationwide. The top 10 winners will receive attractive prizes which include an iPad, iPad mini and Samsung tablet. More information can be obtained by calling 2323232 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.