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Raising Cybersecurity Awareness in Schools
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) started its annual Cyber Security Awareness in schools this year with a seminar at Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri (STPRI).  A total of 1,150 students from year 7 to year 11 and 130 teachers attended the seminar held in the school’s main hall. The seminar comprises of talks from AITI, the Content Advisory Council (CAC), the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), and the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).
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Through the series of seminars, AITI aims to educate students about 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.  This is one of the public awareness initiatives identified by the Child Online Protection National Strategy (COP) Framework for Brunei Darussalam which was launched in 2013.  The COP Framework developed key policies and strategies to ensure children’s online safety. 
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The seminar began with opening remarks from Awang Haji Zailani bin Haji Abdul Malik, Senior Manager of AITI’s Information Security Unit. He stressed that it is important that the youth understand cybersecurity, because they are heavy users of ICT and are considered a vulnerable segment of society. This reinforces the concern of His Majesty’s 68th birthday Titah, “Di bidang kesejahteraan, perhatian adalah terus diberikan untuk menangani jenayah. Dalam hal ini, Beta ingin mengingatkan mengenai ancaman siber yang berbahaya terutama kepada kanak-kanak. “.
The seminar consisted of talks on:
(1)    Content regulation by Dayang Nursyamimi binti Suhaimi, Manager, Content Regulation from AITI which introduced the audience to the Content Advisory Council (CAC).  The CAC works to ensure compliance with broadcasting codes and ethics with a view to preserving national harmony.
(2)    “Cybercrime in Brunei Darussalam: Legal framework and prosecution” 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 underage victims of rape and unlawful carnal knowledge who met their abusers through social networks online. 
(3)    Brunei’s Computer Misuse Act, Malware and Social Networking by Ak Mohd Farid Zulhusni bin Pg Aziz, Operations Officer from Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) which covered identity theft and privacy settings, password management and incident reporting. 
AITI’s cybersecurity awareness program started in 2009 and has reached over 7,500 secondary school students, 2,000 primary school pupils, 500 teachers and 600 parents nationwide to date.  The series of awareness talks will continue to more schools nationwide and be complemented by talks to educate parents on the importance of ensuring children’s safety online.
This seminar also marked the launch of the Cybersecurity Awareness Raising Poster Competition 2015 which is open from 28 January until 30 April 2015. The competition is open to secondary and tertiary students nationwide. The top ten (10) winners will receive attractive prizes which include an iPad, iPad mini and Samsung tablet. More information about the competition can be obtained by calling 2323232 or email at