Students in the UAE are set to take on cyber crime with the introduction of a new initiative that fosters a secure electronic lifestyle.
The Emirates Cyber Ambassadors initiative by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will train participants on issues surrounding a safe e-culture.
The successful pilot phase began in February and saw students aged 14 to 18 years old take part in various training workshops and information sessions.
Mohammed Gheyath, executive director, information security regulatory affairs at TRA, said: “The [pilot] results were promising, which led us to complement the revision and selection of 30 male and 30 female students to represent the initiative.”
The programme is in line with the UAE Vision 2021 to promote a secure online environment in the UAE. It’s implementation coincides with the release of a report by an international cyber security firm that stated that internet users in the UAE are highly susceptible to online fraud.
Russian-based Kaspersky Lab published the Spam and Phishing 2018 report, which states that the UAE is the fifth most-targeted country in the world for phishing.
“Social network phishing is a form of cybercrime that involves the theft of personal data from a victim’s social network account,” explained Nadezhda Demidova, lead web content analyst at Kaspersky Lab.
Facebook was revealed as the preferred platform for cyber fraudsters, followed by Vkontakte – a Russian social networking service – and then LinkedIn.
To avoid such scams, the public are reminded to always check link address before opening them, refrain from submitting personal details online when using public wifi and avoid sharing sensitive data via unfamiliar emails.