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UAE TRA launches cyber-safety programme

Initiative aims to promote a safe online environment for all internet users in the region

UAE TRA launches cyber-safety programme
The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has launched a cyber-safety programme for teachers.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Dubai has launched a series of workshops for IT teachers in educational institutions across the UAE as part of an initiative to promote a secure cyber environment in the region.

The UAE Computer Emergency Response (aeCert), an initiative by the TRA, will conduct the workshops and chair discussions on topics such as mobile security, email security, password security, social engineering, and social networking. Teachers attending the workshops will then present these discussions to their students at a later stage.

Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of TRA, said: "The Authority aims at spreading cyber security among the social divisions ensuring maximum internet benefits while minimising cyber threats. Communicating with teachers through these workshops guarantees achieving double the benefits and more positive results. For that, the aeCERT team will continue to initiate and manage workshops for schools and other educational institutions."

Because of the growing adoption of social networking in the UAE, aeCert will focus on educating teachers about what behaviours users must obey, while on social networking platforms, to protect themselves from unwanted contact or cyber-crime.

The workshops will focus on both presenting information about cyber-security and giving solutions to users. aeCERT will also focus on the importance of using original software, not pirated copies and the dangers of using illegal software.

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