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Singapore government promotes Cyber Security Awareness Day

Jack Loo | July 11, 2012
The theme for this year is “Strengthening Your Personal Security”.

The Singapore government marked its second Cyber Security Awareness Day by unveiling more than 630,000 pledges from individuals and organisations promising to secure their devices, systems and online identity.

The Awareness Day is driven by agencies Cyber Security Awareness Alliance, IDA and the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation. The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness for information security in Singapore.

"In addition to system-based security measures, there is a need to inculcate personal responsibility in adopting good and sensible practices that help users stay safe and reduce their risks in the cyber space for themselves and their organisations," said Lim Chuan Poh, chairman, National Infocomm Security Committee.

"For example, when we were young, our parents used to remind us not to talk to strangers. In cyber space, the equivalent mantra will be don't click on any e-mail or attachments that you don't recognise," he added.

The theme for this year's Awareness Day is "Strengthening Your Personal Security" that urge users to adopt secure practices in using computing and networking devices such as computers, mobile devices and wireless equipment, as well as to secure one's online identity.

"Quizzes, cyber security related information and other activities are also available online at www.gosafeonline.sg for businesses and individuals to learn more about cyber security," said Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.

Businesses and the general public can report and seek assistance on cyber security incidents from the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team. The government has also worked with various schools to implement the "GoSafeOnline Facebook School Challenge" quiz competition for students to promote learning on various facets of infocomm security through fun and educational online games.

"Infocomm security is a shared responsibility and everyone plays an important role in being vigilant and responsible to create a safe and secure cyber environment for Singapore," said Ibrahim.

 

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