Aus­tralia helps Myan­mar’s cy­ber­se­cu­rity ef­fort

The Myanmar Times - - News - AUNG KYAW MIN aungkyawmin@mm­times.com

THE Aus­tralian govern­ment on Mon­day joined hands with Myan­mar in rais­ing peo­ple’s cy­ber­se­cu­rity aware­ness amid rising cy­ber­crime around the world.

“Aus­tralia is con­cerned about the spread of cy­ber­crime and is help­ing coun­tries in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Myan­mar, to strength their ca­pac­ity to tackle this new prob­lem,” Aus­tralian Am­bas­sador to Myan­mar Ni­cholas Cop­pel said.

The cy­ber­se­cu­rity aware­ness cam­paign will be pro­moted in co­op­er­a­tion with govern­ment agen­cies, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOs) and in schools and theatres, Ko Ye Thura Thet, a cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­pert, said.

“We’ll start to run the cam­paign, share the mes­sage with the other part­ners, maybe the govern­ment and CSOs,” he said.

He said that they would also tar­get schools us­ing car­toons to raise the aware­ness of the stu­dents on cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

The cam­paign will share in­for­ma­tion on hack­ing, chang­ing pass­words, per­sonal in­for­ma­tion pro­tec­tion, in­ter­net bul­ly­ing, hate speech, on­line stalk­ing, wire­less se­cu­rity, mo­bile phone se­cu­rity, Face­book ac­counts, on­line fraud and safety, and fake news.

The 12-month aware­ness cam­paign will use pop­u­lar lo­cal comic char­ac­ters through video clips.

Lennon Chang of Monash Univer­sity said, “The low level of cy­ber­se­cu­rity aware­ness among many in­ter­net users makes cy­ber­crime, on­line bul­ly­ing, and the on­line spread of hate speech se­ri­ous risks for which Myan­mar is ill-pre­pared.”

Myan­mar is weak in le­gal re­form and poor in tech­nol­ogy, and govern­ment sup­port is nec­es­sary for a more ef­fec­tive re­sponse to cy­ber­crime, ex­perts said.

Daw Naw Pan Thin­zar Myo, Karen af­fairs min­is­ter of Yan­gon Re­gion, said the re­gional govern­ment is pri­ori­tis­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity as it sets up a mi­cro-mini data cen­tre that will serve as a por­tal for re­gional of­fices.

Photo: Thiri Lu.

The Myan­mar cy­ber­se­cu­rity aware­ness cam­paign is launched at the Aus­tralian Em­bassy in Myan­mar on Mon­day.

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