Kids re­ceive se­cu­rity ed­u­ca­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHOU WENT­ING in Shang­hai


The first-ever in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity course for mi­nors in China was held at Shang­hai Yuyuan Road El­e­men­tary School in March and it fea­tured guest speak­ers such as in­dus­try ex­perts and chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cers from ma­jor en­ter­prises. The course will be held ev­ery fort­night in the school.

Yao Wei, founder of RainRaid, an in­de­pen­dent in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity con­sul­tancy based in Shang­hai, was the first speaker at the course, which was hosted by the Shang­hai In­ter­net Se­cu­rity and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Of­fice and Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion.

Af­ter get­ting par­ents and their chil­dren to ac­cess a WiFi net­work which he had set up in the class­room, Yao went on to demon­strate just how eas­ily cy­ber crim­i­nals can phish for sen­si­tive per­sonal data on such un­se­cured con­nec­tions.

“This course shows the chil­dren that they could ac­tu­ally be pay­ing an un­ex­pected high price for join­ing un­known WiFi net­works at pub­lic places. Some free WiFi con­nec­tions may even re­sult in a leak of their ac­count in­for­ma­tion when they log on to cer­tain so­cial net­works or make pay­ments on­line,” Yao said.

Zhang Lin­cai, an in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer from the Shang­hai In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity Trade As­so­ci­a­tion, said that the course will also teach par­tic­i­pants how to use taxi-hail­ing apps and mo­bile pay­ment apps, as well as how they can dis­tin­guish be­tween in­se­cure WiFi con­nec­tions and of­fi­cial ones made avail­able by the gov­ern­ment or busi­ness cen­ters.

Zhang added that such classes are ex­pected to be made avail­able to all the pri­mary schools in Shang­hai af­ter teach­ers have un­der­gone spe­cial­ized train­ing cour­ses in the sub­ject mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to the find­ings of a six-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion by RainRaid, more than 10 per­cent of the 68,000 WiFi con­nec­tions at ma­jor pub­lic venues, in­clud­ing air­ports, rail­way sta­tions and shop­ping malls in Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Guangzhou were found to be un­safe and con­nected users risked theft of per­sonal and fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion.

Fur­ther­more, re­sults of an­other sur­vey con­ducted by the Cen­ter for In­ter­net, Film and Tele­vi­sion of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Youth League had re­vealed that nearly two in three ju­ve­niles have en­coun­tered se­cu­rity breaches be­fore when surf­ing the In­ter­net. Roughly 80 per­cent of the 12,000 re­spon­dents, aged be­tween 6 and 18, said they re­quire more knowl­edge in on­line pri­vacy pro­tec­tion mea­sures.

A group of 28 na­tional po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sors had ear­lier this month pro­posed to im­prove In­ter­net se­cu­rity ed­u­ca­tion among ju­ve­niles, sug­gest­ing that such ed­u­ca­tion should be made sys­tem­atic and a com­pul­sory com­po­nent of the school syl­labus.

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