| || Awareness of Cyber Laws in Young Singaporeans |
Author :Peng, Tan Kar;Ramaiah, C.K.
Source: DESIDOC Bulletin of Information Technology :27(6) ; 2007 ; pp.41-53
Abstract : Security threats over Internet have necessitated information security awareness among the users. Concern about information security is also on because of financial risks associated with it. Importance of safe computing practices being advocated by several governments, professional organisations, and individuals has impelled the need for secured commercial computer and application systems. Many countries have formulated cyber laws to protect their business, security, and user’s rights and privacy and for educating people about their own and other countries cyber laws so that they do not have any problems relating to information security over Internet. The paper presents the result of a survey conducted to find out the general awareness of cyber laws and computer security among Singaporeans, covering a cross section of the computer users in the country. The paper shows that most of the participants of the survey were not able to actively keep themselves updated with the latest information related to computer security and this fact seems consistent across the different professions. Also, all the participants of the survey agreed on the need for ethics in the pervasive use of the Internet where problems in security, privacy enforcement and threats of viruses are obvious and cannot be avoided.
Keywords : Intellectual property rights;Cyber laws;Singapore ;Internet security;Cyber crime