| Izah Azahari |
IN CONJUNCTION with the CyberSecurity Awareness Week 2014, three talks on cyber security were delivered during a seminar held at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
The seminar included two talks by Cikgu Hjh Pasah binti Hj Ahmad of the Counselling & Career Section of the Department of Schools at the Ministry of Education (MoE), and a talk by Eddyshah bin Hj Sanif, Operation Officer of the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).
Cikgu Hjh Pasah’s talk, entitled ‘The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media’, focussed on the etiquettes that should be followed when using social networks.
This included choosing sensible, strong, and hard-to-guess passwords; knowing privacy settings where individuals should limit their account to only people they know in addition to being selective when adding their friends; making sure that those friends do not post anything that is inappropriate; or making sure that the person they are adding is not an impersonator.
Meanwhile, Eddyshah, in his talk entitled ‘Internet Security Social Media: The Untold Stories v1.0’, highlighted three topics – Overview of Online Social Media, Threats and Attacks and Defence Measures.
He said that there are more than 500 million people connected to the Internet for various reasons such as cultural and educational resources, communication and virtual interactions and access to up-to-date news and information.
Brunei has the highest percentage of Facebook penetration of 59.25 per cent according to the Online Social Media Statistics (Asean). With this high penetration comes various threats and attacks by hackers as they can use these social media accounts to send spam, spread malware and steal identities, he explained.
Eddyshah also spoke on the importance of privacy cautioning individuals to be secure by only sharing little information and never sharing their personal information in public.
The Operation Officer also reminded individuals to use browser security tools for protection such as anti-phishing filters, Web of Trust and Adblock/ NoScript/Do Not Track Plus as well as to always update their anti-virus and patch their operating systems.
Meanwhile, it was announced during the seminar that St James School, Awang Semaun Secondary School and Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School will participate in this morning’s prize presentation.