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Local community and SMMTC promoting Cybersecurity Awareness for small businesses

Nordiana Shafiee

Nordiana Shafiee

UUM News Editor, Journalist

Pictures Courtesy of SMMTC

CHANGLUN: In an effort to enhance cybersecurity awareness among small businesses, a service learning project under Internet Technology & Services course, was successfully co-organized by SMMTC, Pusat Ekonomi Digital (PEDi) Changlun and Usahanita Kubang Pasu at Dewan Komuniti Surau Al-Huda Taman Meranti, recently.

Attended by around 60 locals including small business owners, the event featured a variety of activities, including a thought-provoking talk on cybersecurity, engaging role-playing exercises, an interactive exhibition, lucky draw, and product sales by Usahanita Kubang Pasu.

Course lecturer, Prof. Madya Dr. Siti Mahfuzah Sarif said, the event kicked off with an informative talk delivered by representatives from PEDi Changlun and Jerlun, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding sensitive information and protecting against cyber threats.

The talk provided practical tips on password management, data encryption, and recognizing common online scams. Attendees were encouraged to share their own experiences and concerns, facilitating a lively and engaging discussion.

Following the talk, participants actively participated in role-playing scenarios (conducted by SMMTC students) that simulated various cybersecurity incidents commonly faced by small businesses.

These exercises aimed to develop practical skills and enhance the decision-making capabilities of the attendees when confronted with potential cyber threats. The role-playing sessions received positive feedback for their hands-on approach to learning.

According to Dr. Siti Mahfuzah, another highlight of the event was exhibition and demonstration by SMMTC students, where they showcase a number of informative infographics and flyers that contain facts and easy to follow tips on cybersecurity matters.

Small business owners also had the opportunity to witness firsthand how a harmful application like ransomware can cause a massive problem to their devices if attack happened.

The project received positive feedback from the participants, with many expressing gratitude for the valuable knowledge gained and the networking opportunities created. The service learning project on cybersecurity awareness for small businesses serves as a testament to the importance of empowering local communities with the tools and knowledge needed to combat cyber threats.