Australia helps Myanmar’s cybersecurity effort
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.
The Myanmar cybersecurity awareness campaign is launched at the Australian Embassy in Myanmar on Monday.