PHOTO - (from left) Lt. Col. Husin Jazri (retired), Y. Bhg. Dato' Dr. Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, and Ananth Lazarus
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 MARCH 2011 - Malaysian government agency CyberSecurity Malaysia together with software giant Microsoft Malaysia has launched a 'Safer Internet Month' campaign to promote more responsible use of online services and technologies among children and young people.
Lasting from 10 March - 10 April 2011, the nationwide campaign is part of a global initiative organised by Insafe and co-founded by the European Union, said the local partners. In 2010, more than 500 Safer Internet Day events were held in 65 countries and regions. "The theme of this year's local campaign is 'Stop. Think. Connect.'."
"Safer Internet Month 2011 is our commitment in raising awareness about safe Internet computing in Malaysia," said CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer, Lt. Col. Husin Jazri (retired). "We continuously study, analyse, research and innovate to stay ahead and maintain a technological edge of our economy. We have introduced CyberSAFE Programmes to educate Malaysians on the positive use of the Internet and Cyber999 Help Centre for Internet users to channel their cyber security incidents. And the collaboration with Microsoft will aide in raising the bar on the do's and don'ts of transacting online."
"Among the activities are the cyber safety awareness talks in schools located in Klang Valley and seminars for parents and teachers as they play a very important role in inculcating the positive use of the Internet," said Husin. "We will also organise online competitions such as CyberSAFE Cyber Treasure Hunt and CyberSAFE Content competition, where we get participants to tell us what they know about cyber safety through digital content like posters, wallpapers, videos, and others."
During the campaign launch, ministry of science, technology and innovation (MOSTI) deputy secretary general, Dato' Dr. Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, said: "MOSTI wants to empower Malaysians with knowledge in order to protect their businesses, property and families."
"It's important to realise that while we traditionally impart notions of safety in our daily lives, that wisdom doesn't necessarily extend to providing guidance in protecting oneself online, where all of today's technological potentials offer both good and harm," said Microsoft Malaysia managing director, Ananth Lazarus.
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