Date: January 08, 2014

Over three hundred Year 7 students of Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan attended a talk on information security this afternoon as part of the school’s Orientation Week program for the new students.

The talk was facilitated by Haji Mas Zuraime Haji Abdul Hamid, Head of Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT). Students were introduced to the Brunei Computer Misuse Act, and the various actions which can be considered as criminal offences under the Act, such as unauthorised access to computer materials. Those in attendance were also warned about the threats of social networking, such as meeting online predators and paedophiles through social networks. The students were also told not to share too much personal information and revealing photos online, as they could pose a risk to personal safety or lead to cyber bullying. The students were later offered advise on creating strong passwords, and what to do in the event of a cybersecurity incident.

Such awareness talks are of particular importance to students due to their widespread use of social networking at such a vulnerable age, and the prevalence of cyber bullying incidents in local schools. It is hoped that by highlighting the potential dangers, students will make more informed decisions so they can enjoy using the Internet safely.

As with previous years, BruCERT had also issued 500 copies of Online Safety For Children booklets to Maktab Sains for distribution to parents, and an additional 500 copies of Digibytes information security handbook for the new students, which will be used by Year 7 students during Business, Art and Technology class. Both booklets have been developed locally by BruCERT as part of its efforts to educate the public about information safety.

Established in 2004, BruCERT is a central report and coordination point for computer & internetrelated security incidents throughout Brunei Darussalam. It provides IT security incident response and coordination, vulnerability handling, digital and mobile forensics, dissemination of early alerts and warnings, and public awareness initiatives.

Members of the public who are interested to learn about cyber security can visit BruCERT’s public awareness website www.SecureVerifyConnect.info or email cert@brucert.org.bn

Year Seven students enjoying the awareness talk by BruCERT

Students responding when asked if they have a Facebook account