| Azlan Othman |
SINCE 2009, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) has teamed up with relevant agencies as it steps up efforts in holding cybersecurity events.
AITI Chief Executive Officer Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin disclosed this yesterday at the ‘Creative Presentation Competition’ held at Rizqun International Hotel as part of activities for Cybersecurity Awareness Week 2014.
“We have been conducting awareness talks on cybersecurity and Internet activities at schools to educate parents and students on the need to practice good digital citizenship,” he said.
“The relevant agencies will continue to promote the importance of cybersecurity and other awareness programmes among schools. The talks will bring better understanding on the types of cybersecurity risks and also offer steps to protect your personal information especially when using the Internet,” he added.
The competition was jointly organised by AITI and the Department of Schools, Ministry of Education, seeing the participation of 60 Year 9 students from 20 secondary schools.
The competition, centred around cybersecurity topics, aimed at shedding light on ICT security, and providing a platform for students to express their views, challenge their critical thinking and argumentative skills, and enhance their English language and communication abilities.
The three top teams will compete as finalists today during the official launch of the National Broadband Policy event that is expected to see Minister of Communications Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar as guest of honour.
The competition marked the kick-off to the cybersecurity awareness campaign, held in conjunction with Cybersecurity Awareness Week 2014.
The campaign continued with a series of cybersecurity talks in the afternoon, delivered by representatives from the Royal Brunei Police Force, Counselling Unit of the Ministry of Education, BruCERT and an international speaker from Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).
Cybersecurity Awareness Week 2014 is held in conjunction with APEC-TEL’s Cybersecurity Awareness Day and Asean-Japan Information Security Policy Meeting’s Cybersecurity Awareness Week, celebrated annually in October. This symbolic effort reflects the continued commitment of APEC-TEL economies in advancing cybersecurity domestically, within the APEC region, and with other partners globally.
The objective of the event is to increase knowledge on online safety and security issues among Internet users in the country.
Themed ‘The Future, Our Responsibility Together,’ this initiative focuses on our need to raise awareness on cyber safety and security, and promote standards of appropriate behaviour – including when using social media platforms.
Cybersecurity Awareness Week 2014 is organised by AITI in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Royal Brunei Police Force, Attorney General’s Chambers and Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).
There will also be a two-day cybersecurity seminar and related activities arranged for students, parents and the public. Interested parties can attend the 8am seminar today at the Songket Hall of the Rizqun International Hotel. Seats are limited, so interested participants are advised to send their RSVP via SMS to 8645884.