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Cyber security awareness seminars to make students more aware, secure and vigilant in internet usage

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Cyber security awareness seminars to make students more aware, secure and vigilant in internet usage
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) continues its annual Cyber Security Awareness Program by running a series of seminars in schools located in Tutong, Belait and Brunei-Muara districts.  The schools involve in this series of seminar are Sayyidina ‘Othman Secondary School in Bukit Beruang Tutong, PAPH Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Secondary School in Lumut, Muda Hashim Secondary School in Tutong, Antony Abell College (AAC) in Seria and Berakas Secondary School. This awareness program is a significant collaboration between AITI, Department of Schools under the Ministry of Education, Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).
More than 700 selected students of year 7 students and about 50 teachers turned up for the seminars which were conducted BruCERT and RBPF.  BruCERT was represented by Hj Mas Zuraime Hj Abd Hamid, Head of BruCERT and his team which comprised Ahmad Mu'azzam Lim Abdullah, Ak Md Farid Zulhusni Bin Pg Aziz and Muhammad Hijan Haji Amran. The seminar covered topics on Brunei’s Computer Misuse Act; social networking which included issues such as cyber bullying, identity theft and privacy settings; password management and incident reporting. BruCERT distributed “Digibytes” awareness booklets and survey forms on security awareness for the students to fill in. To make the sessions fun and interactive, the students also participated in quizzes where they could win prizes.
Meanwhile, ASP Mariyani Hj Abd Wahab and Cpl 4192 Familawati Hj Moksin from Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department of Royal Brunei Police Force presented about local cases on sexual exploitation and online grooming which involved underage victims of rape and unlawful carnal knowledge where most of them met their abusers online through social network activities.
This cyber security awareness program has started since 2009 and over 6,000 secondary school students, 2,000 primary school pupils, 400 teachers and 600 parents nationwide have attended it. The main objective of this program is to educate students on 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. It is also one of the key public awareness initiatives identified under the Child Online National Strategy Protection (COP) Framework for Brunei Darussalam. This year, the series of seminars will continue to other selected secondary schools nationwide until November 2013.
The next briefing is scheduled to be held in Sayyidina Husain Secondary School in Jerudong on 28th August 2013.
For more details of the Cyber Security Awareness Program, please visit