Photo - Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO, CyberSecurity Malaysia.
This year's Safer Internet Day's celebrations by more than 100 countries included a Skype crossover between national security specialist CyberSecurity Malaysia with Indonesia's Security Incident Response Team of Internet Infrastructure (ID-SIRTII).
Celebrated since 2010, the main event, which was organised by CyberSecurity Malaysia, was held on Monday 23rd February 2015 at the Royal Military College (RMC), Sg. Besi, Kuala Lumpur, with skype crossover to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia, said the observance was linked to the nationwide awareness and acculturation programme known as CyberSAFE (cybersecurity awareness for everyone).
"Last year, the Safer Internet Day 2014 commemoration took place in Malacca and we celebrated with Malaccan community," said Dr Amirudin. "This year, we are grateful to RMC for graciously hosting the main celebration, which included a rather unique activity involving skype crossover to Jakarta."
"CyberSecurity Malaysia and Indonesia Security Incident Response Team of Internet Infrastructure (ID-SIRTII) decided to have a joint celebration this year, thus, making Safer Internet Day 2015 a regional affair," he said. "YB Deputy Minister of MOSTI had a nice chat with event partners in Jakarta and witnessed 'live' or 'real time' the excitement of Safer Internet Day celebration in Jakarta"
"I hope and pray that this noble effort would achieve its objectives of inculcating ethical, cautious and positive manners among the internet users, and we hope to be able to continue with the activities in years to come," said Dr Amirudin.
In his keynote speech, YB Datuk Dr Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah, the deputy minister of Malaysia's Ministry of Science & Technology [MOSTI], said: "The CyberSAFE program is inline with one of the nine strategic thrusts of MOSTI, which is the first thrust: Developing human capital in Science, Technology and Innovation towards knowledge-based economic generation and growth, guided by the innovation model. Therefore, the commemoration of Safer Internet Day is not only relevant to the CyberSAFE Program but also fulfils MOSTI's first strategic thrust."
This is the sixth year of Safer Internet Day celebration in Malaysia. Every year, the Safer Internet Day officially falls on the second day of the second week of the second month, which falls on the 10th of February for this year. However, CyberSecurity Malaysia celebrates Safer Internet Day throughout the whole month of February, to benefit more people. The main event is held at the RMC with cooperation from the Ministry of Education, RMC, Digi, and ID-SIRTII; with support from MOSTI.
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