Security in Numbers

The lunch drew over 30 secondary school principals and representatives, reinforcing the close relationship between CLASS and the secondary school sector.

An increase in cybercrimes over the past few years has raised concerns about network security in the school community. The topic has been on the agenda of many educators and administrators, so Professor WONG Sing-wing Dennis, Associate Dean (Student Life and Learning) of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) invited IT specialist YOUNG Wo-sang to deliver a talk entitled “New Trends in Network Security: A Challenge to Secondary Schools” at a lunch at CityU on March 9.

Young illustrated his talk with examples of the cyberthreats schools are facing nowadays. He also offered tips on protection from cyberattacks, and reminded the senior educators that it is most important to back up crucial data and to practise due diligence when handling personal information.

The lunch also celebrated the start of the new year, and drew over 30 secondary school principals and representatives, reinforcing the close relationship between the College departments and the secondary school sector. Dean of CLASS Professor Xiaowei ZANG welcomed participants and expressed his commitment to continuing further collaboration between CLASS and secondary schools. He encouraged schools to arrange campus visits in which CLASS staff could introduce students to the latest admission requirements, and faculty members could share their expertise about their fields of studies.

A new entrance scholarship for Joint University Programmes Admissions System entrants admitted to the College was announced at the luncheon. Prospective students with outstanding Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education scores would be awarded a scholarship when they enrolled at CLASS. The College’s Associate Dean (Undergraduate Curriculum), Dr Peppina LEE, gave an overview of the new scholarship, and the visiting teachers said the lunch presentations helped them gain a deeper understanding of the College. They added they were delighted to learn more about the possible threats to network security in schools, and enjoyed meeting faculty members and exchanging views on further collaborations.