27 January 2021
MCIT, Cisco Launch Safe Digital Society Initiative


The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has launched the Safe Digital Society initiative, in collaboration with Cisco. The initiative aims to enable all segments of society to use the Internet safely, protect personal data, maintain privacy on the Internet, and learn about modern data science, Internet of Things (IoT), and programming, within the framework of Digital Egypt vision.
 
The initiative is one in a series of initiatives launched by the Institutional Development, Training and Human Capacity Building Sector at MCIT, to raise awareness of IT and digital literacy among Internet, digital application and social media users. The aim is to develop people’s knowledge and skills to face emerging cyber threats, especially with the increased rate of cybercrimes, hacking, data penetration, cyber threats and challenges facing securing citizen databases in different state sectors. Such challenges require knowing the basics of personal data protection when visiting e-commerce, e-payment and social media websites.
 
MCIT, through the initiative, targets training 9,000 trainees, with 1,000 in each track. The initiative provides a range of learning tools through the self-study technique on Cisco Networking Academy’s platform. Trainees can enroll in more than one of the following tracks: Get Connected, Introduction to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Essentials, Networking Essentials, IT Essentials, Programming Essentials in Python, Introduction to IoT, IoT Fundamentals: Connecting Things, and IoT Fundamentals: Big Data and Analytics.
 
After training, trainees acquire a range of skills including learning communication basic skills and techniques, network security basic skills, and how to protect personal data and maintain privacy on the Internet and social media; performing verification and network troubleshooting; connecting to the Internet; and installing, configuring, and troubleshooting computers and mobile devices.
 
This is in addition to understanding software development through learning Python programming as a beginner, and IoT technologies and their role in linking IT and operating systems; developing ideas; designing and troubleshooting prototypes; visualizing, revising, changing, and merging data sets; learning the basics of Big Data systems, such as Hadoop; and developing distance learning skills.
 
Participants, who pass the qualifying exams on Cisco Networking Academy’s platform, receive international certificates from MCIT and Cisco.
 
The Safe Digital Society initiative comes within the framework of the cooperation between the Institutional Development, Training and Human Capacity Building Sector at MCIT and Cisco, building on the success of the first phase of programs for building and developing citizens’ digital capacities in cybersecurity and fundamentals of communication. The number of  9,175 trainees received international certificates during the first phase.

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