Network security ‘okay’ in Macau

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Issue 946, Page 2
Word count: 332
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Macau government is not prone to cyber attacks, said the director of the School of Public Administration at the Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI).

Dr. Marcus Im Sio Kei told reporters when attending the project presentation on protecting electronic governments from fraud and cyber attacks at the IPM yesterday.

He said that it is unlikely to see hackers invade the local government websites and that the situation is not as serious as for commercial institutes.

“In most of the cases only the operations of electronic government websites were interfered, which could be a prank or behaviour to test one’s knowledge,” Dr. Im said.

Meanwhile, according to director of the Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT), Lawrence Tou Veng Keong, the problem of network security is not very serious in Macau.

Yet, he said that the territory is still experiencing the challenges with the development of global network.

“The bureau is concerned about this issue and will reinforce publicity of network security. With increasing knowledge of the problem and improvement of technologies, we hope that we will be able to handle the problem in a better way,” Tou said.

The DSRT head said Macau is generally facing hacker attacks and “unclear and deliberately created information on the internet – identical problems which can also be found around the world”.

Apart from strengthening technical protection, he said users need to be more aware of the attacks.

Since last year the DSRT has been introducing publicity campaigns to increase both internet operators and users’ awareness so that they can step up security against the problems.

“We hope to expand the campaigns in the future to let people know what they need to be cautious about and how to prevent the problems,” Tou said.

On the other hand, the MPI – QMUL (Queen Mary, University of London) Information Systems Research Centre announced the study report and launched a new system to inhibit hackers from invading electronic governments. The program is made available for governments and online shopping sites.


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