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China ramps up public cyber security awareness

Updated: Jun 1,2015 7:48 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China on June 1 officially kicked off its second Cyber Security Week, part of the country’s effort to raise awareness amid growing Internet users and rising cyber attacks.

Jointly held by top state level departments, including the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the ministries of education and public security, the event intends to help the public better understand Internet security risks and enhance their ability to protect themselves.

This year’s event aims to cultivate cyber security awareness among teenagers in particular, said head of the CAC Lu Wei.

“Cyber security isn’t just about national security and national development, but also concerns the immediate interests of every Internet user,” he said.

Lu’s words are in line with a recently released white paper on China’s military strategy, which said “cyberspace has become a new pillar of economic and social development, and a new domain of national security.”

He also urged the public to raise their cyber security awareness, voluntarily resist online pornography and groundless rumors and abide by the law on the Internet.

The opening event also released a report on Chinese netizens’ cybersecurity awareness. According to Hong Jingyi, who surveyed 254,000 people, Chinese Internet users may fall victim easily to cyber attacks, online malwares and online security breaches.

With China’s new “Internet plus” strategy and encouragement for people to start their own business, cyber security is of ever more importance, said some experts.

“Without cyber security, there is no way the ‘Internet Plus’ strategy can be successful,” said Li Yuxiao, a professor on Internet governance from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.