Cyber Resilience through Education

DIALOGUES - cyber resilience (23-03-20)

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Cyber resilience through education explores how a collaborative and proactive approach to online safety and security can help children manage stress and recover from setbacks in a digital environment.

On 20 March 2023, The HEAD Foundation Dialogues, organised in partnership with Centre for Cybersecurity and Kaspersky Lab, opened with welcoming remarks from Dr Wan Chang Da, CEO of The HEAD Foundation, and Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, who emphasised the importance of guiding children as they navigate an increasingly digital world.

The event then welcomed Ethan Seow, CEO of Centre for Cybersecurity, Noushin Shabab, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, and Dr Jiow Hee Jhee, Associate Professor and Programme Leader, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) who presented on how to develop “Cyber Resilience through Education”.

A 2022 report released by The Global Cybersecurity Forum found that 72% of children have been victims of cyber threats. Dr Jiow also shared the results of his study in Singapore which showed that the young participants generally do not perceive themselves as vulnerable to being hacked nor think the consequences are severe.

The panel discussed the need to unlearn social norms and allow students to form critical thinking skills through questions, hypotheses, testing and reflection. These are essential skills that will enable children to identify and overcome threats in the cyber world. Several tips were shared on how to identify and cope with the top cyber threats such as doxing, cyberbullying, online fraud, phishing and social engineering. It was also recommended that educators focus on educating youths on the perceived vulnerability and severity of cybercrime to motivate students to take cyber resilience seriously.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.