Raising cyber-security awareness

| Aziz Idris |

IN AN effort to raise cyber-security awareness, the IT Protective Security Services Sdn Bhd (ITPSS) in partnership with the SANS Institute organised a double feature presentation with the topics of “Securing the Human” and “Going Phi-shing?” at The Empire Hotel and Country Club’s Indera Kayangan Ballroom yesterday.

SANS’s certified instructor Lance Spitzer, re-cognised as a leader in the field of cyber threat research and security training/awareness, men-tioned in his presentation that he has helped develop and implement numerous multi-culture security awareness programmes around the world.

“A lot of people don’t know they are a target of cybercrimes, especially in like a small country like Brunei, where everybody knows everybody. The problem is, when users here connect to the Internet, they are not in Brunei anymore; they are facing the world,” he said.

He talked about the “bad people” who commit cybercrimes (hackers) and how they operate. He also highlighted several measures on how to over-come cybercrime activities in order to ensure Internet safety and security.

“Brunei is unique; it is small yet very secure, similar to Qatar or Oman. In some ways, the peo-ple here are not aware that they have a greater risk. A small population means that it is easier to hack because everyone trusts everyone else, because they think they know everyone.”

Also present yesterday were Adi Shamsul bin Haji Sabli, Deputy Permanent Secretary (IT and E-Government) at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), as well as officials from government bodies, law enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies, Tel-cos, Internet service providers, academia and private companies. The presentations were part of SANS’s inaugural community events in Brunei.

SANS – derived from SysAdmin, Audit, Net-working and Security – is the world’s most trusted source for information on security training and research. At its heart are many security prac-titioners in various global organisations working together to assist the entire information security community.

ITPSS Brunei comprises local pioneers in the field of information security and operators of the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT).