PHOTO - CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Lt. Col. Prof. Dato' Husin Jazri (Retired).
A new set of guidelines will help Malaysians guard against malicious cyberspace activity particularly in the social media space, said Malaysian ICT security agency CyberSecurity Malaysia.
The guidelines of best practice on social networking sites (SNS), called C.O.M.M.O.N S.E.N.S.E.S. will also help to mitigate the risk to users of SNS such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Yammer and many others, said CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer, Lt. Col. Prof Dato' Husin Jazri (Retired) on 9 September 2011.
The usage of SNS in Malaysia not only included individuals but all sectors of industry as well as public service departments, said Husin. "The purpose of establishing best practices is to prepare the SNS users to understand the 'dark side' of the SNS. By understanding it, users would be better equipped with the 'Dos' and the 'Don'ts' while enjoying the benefits of using SNS."
"The best practices support the using of SNS with a better sense of ethics as well as heightened protection of users' security and privacy needs," he said. "No doubt many SNS do offer good marketing and sales opportunities and also serves as a social outlet through peer interaction. However, sometimes the outcomes from SNS usage are not constructive."
"Lack of awareness among the users of the potential threats, vulnerabilities and risks in cyberspace can be addressed through better control and management of SNS usage," said Husin, adding that as of August 2011, a total of 625 incidents related to social networking sites have been reported to CyberSecurity Malaysia via the Cyber999 Help Centre compared to 124 incidents in the corresponding period in 2010.
All Internet users can benefit from guidelines
"The guidelines are targeted to all Internet users who use SNS or social media in their daily life," said Husin. "Due to the increasing number of incidents related to SNS, it is timely for us to introduce the Best Practice in order to inculcate the positive use of the SNS among the users and to bring an end on the various social problems facing Internet users in the cyberworld."
He said the best practices of C.O.M.M.O.N S.E.N.S.E.S to the SNS users are:
- C : Cautious Engagement - careful with what you 'post' and 'click'
- O : Objective Perceptions - know the 'why' you engage with SNS
- M : Match Intentions - stick to your objective
- M : Mark Policies - read internal (organisation) policy and terms & conditions of
- O : Organise comrades - profile your 'friends'
- N : Never Assume - do not expect your privacy is preserved
- S : Strong Passwords - good combination of password's characters
- E : Extreme Fortification - equipped your notebook, desktop and servers with anti-
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