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No software or application can guarantee complete safety for children.

Published on: Monday 08 August 2022

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Children surf the Internet.

The Managing Director of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Dato’Ts Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, was recently contacted by Daily Express regarding three relevant cybersecurity topics in the country. Topics include initiatives to protect Malaysia’s cyberspace, educate young people about online safety and publish the E-Security Journal in 2022.

Dato’ Ts, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab addressing the young audience during the seminar

In the previous series, he gave his answers on initiatives to protect Malaysian cyberspace. In this series, he focuses on educating young people about online safety and publishing the E-Security Journal in 2022. His responses are as follows.


Q: How does CyberSecurity Malaysia monitor the state of children’s online safety awareness in the country? Is this a worrying situation? How many reports/cases related to child online safety have been identified compared to previous years?
A: CyberSecurity Malaysia does not have information regarding statistics on reported cases involving children. In this case, CyberSecurity Malaysia provides technical assistance to PDRM as a technical expert in cases involving cyber incidents.

Young people participating in a CyberSecurity Malaysia program.

These incidents are usually handled by our technical team, the Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) and Digital Forensics. In mitigating online threats to children, CyberSecurity Malaysia, through its CyberSAFE program, is taking several initiatives to study the level of awareness and raise cybersecurity knowledge among school children.
Q: What are the government’s and/or CyberSecurity Malaysia’s advice, steps and measures to improve/increase awareness?
A: CyberSAFE™ (Cyber ​​Security Awareness for Everyone) is CyberSecurity Malaysia’s initiative to educate and raise awareness about the technological and social issues facing internet users, especially the risks they face online. The CyberSAFE™ program was created to give exposure to cybersecurity awareness and best practices for using ICT, including guidelines for using the internet safely and in a positive manner. CyberSAFE™ programs/activities include:
I. National baseline survey on the level of cybersecurity awareness among school children and parents 2021/2022

  • The National Cyber ​​Security Baseline Survey is initiated by CyberSecurity Malaysia to identify the level of awareness of school children on cyber security issues such as cyber bullying, identity theft, hacking and analyzes the level of awareness and control measures parents about cybersecurity threats.

This study provides correlational analyzes between cyber awareness and cyber attacks. The first national cybersecurity benchmark study was conducted in 2016.

  • This study mainly focuses on measuring the level of cybersecurity awareness among students aged 7 to 19. Kritzinger et al. (2017) ranked three cyber risks for children.

First, children could be the target of inappropriate activities like cyberbullying, trolling, flaming, and exclusion, to name a few. Second, they may also be exposed to harmful interactions when they receive inappropriate content or media that may influence their behaviors, disturb their emotions, or destroy their devices.

The winners pose with their prizes after participating in a program organized by CyberSecurity Malaysia.

Finally, they can put themselves in dangerous situations such as sharing illegal files, posting inappropriate content and downloading content from unknown or harmful sources.


ii. National Cybersecurity Awareness Modules (MKKSN)

  • MKKSN is a cybersecurity learning and teaching initiative developed in collaboration between the Division of Educational Resources and Technology (BSTP), Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) and CyberSecurity Malaysia.

This module is based on the National Cybersecurity Awareness Among Students Baseline Survey 2016 conducted by CyberSecurity Malaysia in collaboration with the MOE, to identify the level of cybersecurity awareness among primary and secondary school students across the country. Malaysia. The topics introduced are based on the topics recommended by the Basic Study on Online Etiquette, Social Media, Cyberbullying, Online Time Management, Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship. The modules aim to be an alternative means of teaching and learning on cybersecurity topics; raising the level of cybersecurity awareness; fostering a culture of careful and ethical use of the internet and promoting best practices and preventive measures. iii. Safer Internet Day Malaysia Edition

  • Since 2010, CyberSecurity Malaysia in collaboration with government departments, various NGOs and agencies such as Internet Society Malaysia, National Council of Malaysian Women’s Organizations (NCWO), DIGI Telecommunications, Google, MDEC and MCMC to name a few- ones to celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) Malaysia Edition. Various programs and activities are organized by CyberSecurity Malaysia in collaboration with strategic partners who adopt the cybersecurity and Internet security program in Malaysia.

iv. National discourse on ICT security

  • NICTSeD is Malaysia’s first national cybersecurity school discourse initiated and organized by CyberSecurity Malaysia, in collaboration with the MOE.

Since its inception in 2013, the program has successfully served its purpose as a method of disseminating cybersecurity knowledge in an engaging way for students and teachers.

  • The main objective of this program is to encourage the creative and critical thinking of its participants to discuss today’s Internet and technology issues globally and identify ways to mitigate online risks and challenges. , and in the process, teachers and students become smart and ethical Internet users.

v. National Cyberethics Initiatives (NCEI)

  • A coordinated effort to promote appropriate and responsible use of technology for users to develop self-monitoring habits that support and enhance digital communities.

vi. Cyber ​​Security Awareness Conference (CSAT)

  • CyberSecurity Malaysia also conducts Cyber ​​Security Awareness Talks or known as Cyber ​​Security Awareness Talk (CSAT) to various age groups and demographics i.e. school children, college and university students as well as the private and government sectors.

vii. Awareness content

  • Since December 2021, various cyber security posts have been published covering issues such as Scam & Phishing, Cyber ​​Parenting Tips, Incident Reporting to Cyber999, Online Purchases, Teen Tips, Password Protection, Fake News, Kids Tips, Anti-virus, Online Conference Guide, Work Advice from Home, messages of appreciation for Covid-19 front-liners, internet banking, online gaming, 20-20-20 rules, inappropriate content, sexual cyber grooming, cyber- harassment, cyber-bullying as well as several videos implemented in collaboration with CyberSAFE™ strategic partners on adolescents and children in cyberspace.

Q: What is CyberSecurity’s advice to the public about educating children about online safety?
A: The best way to keep kids safe online is to get involved and monitor their activities, as no software or app can completely guarantee their safety. Parents are advised to keep in mind that your child probably already knows more about the internet than you do. Therefore, it is better that you create your own social media accounts and play the games and apps that your kids are playing in order to know how these platforms work. This will keep you up to date with cyber parenting.
I. Supervise their online presence – Although we would prefer to supervise children online discreetly, a better idea would be to supervise them and help them build their online presence.
ii. Set Ground Rules – On time limits, allowed social media platforms, websites, handling inappropriate behavior online, etc. Encourage children to follow them proactively. Stick to the rules, although you can make some tolerance like personal phones and longer internet hours.
iii. Instill Responsibility – Let kids know that if they behave responsibly, they will have more leeway later, otherwise they will lose their internet privileges
iv. Become a Friend and Guide – Help kids create their online character carefully. Let the kids know you’re watching, because they’ll change their online behavior accordingly.
Publication of the E-Security Journal in 2022.
1. Could you share information about this? Is the post new? How often is it published? What’s inside and how can the public benefit from it? Are there any interesting points/parts that would like to be highlighted?

  • CyberSecurity Malaysia has published the e-Security Bulletin since 2004. The bi-annual online publication highlights cybersecurity information including incident reports, technical sharing, report findings, best practices and awareness.
  • e-Security is a platform for CyberSecurity Malaysia staff to contribute to the cybersecurity community by sharing their knowledge in the form of literature. The articles in this newsletter cover a variety of topics on cybersecurity issues, whether technical or generic in nature.

  • Therefore, the newsletter should appeal to all members of the cyber community, not just those heavily involved in the technical aspects of cyber security. In addition, the e-Security bulletin is a bilingual publication. Some articles are in English and others are presented in the local language, Bahasa Malaysia.
  • It is accessible to the public from our website via this link:

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