Cybersecurity Awareness Module to be introduced in 300 schools

Last update: 12/02/2020

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 -- The Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with Cybersecurity Malaysia plans to introduce a National Cyber Security Awareness Module at 300 schools nationwide.

MOE Education Technology Resources Division director Shafruddin Ali Hussin said the module will be prepared for both primary and secondary schools.

There will be Module 1 for Standard 1 to 3, Module 2 for Standard 4 to 6, Module 3 for Form 1 to 3 and Module 4 for Form 4 and 5.

“The module will cover a number of topics such as online ethics, balanced internet usage time, cyberbullying, social media and digital citizenship,” he said during a panel discussion on ‘Fostering Digital Proficiency in the 21st Century’ here today.

The forum was held in conjunction with the celebration of Safer Internet Day 2020 - Malaysian Edition, led by CyberSecurity Malaysia with the support of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

The forum aimed, among others, to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats and to introduce the concept of digital proficiency to educate internet users to have a positive mindset and be mindful of digital ethics.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation's head of Cybersecurity Cluster Prof Dr Mohamad Fauzan Noordin, who was also the panellist at the forum, said in order to become digitally proficient, netizens must be aware of the risks of using the internet such as when sharing their personal information.

“Every user should be aware of the risks of disclosing personal information such as pictures of family members. All these data have been collected by big data analytics,” he said, agreeing that cybersecurity laws should also be tightened.