13 Jul 2013

Bandar Seri Begawan - The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) continues its annual Cyber Security Awareness Programme by running a series of seminars in schools located in Tutong, Belait and Brunei-Muara Districts.

The schools involved in this series of seminar are Sayyidina Othman Secondary School in Bukit Beruang, Tutong; Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Secondary School in Lumut, Belait; Muda Hashim Secondary School in Tutong; Anthony Abell College (AAC) in Seria; and Berakas Secondary School.

According to a press release, this awareness programme 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 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 bin Hj Abd Hamid, Head of BruCERT, and his team which comprised Ahmad Mu'azzam Lim Abdullah, Md Farid Zulhusni bin Pg Aziz and Muhammad Hijan bin Hj 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; as well as 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 binti Hj Abd Wahab and Cpl 4192 Familawati binti Hj Moksin from Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department of the RBPF 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.

The Cyber Security Awareness Programme started in 2009, whereby 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 programme 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 at Sayyidina Husain Secondary School in Jerudong on August 28.

For more details of the Cyber Security Awareness Programme, visit www.aiti.gov.bn.