News Archive 2013

2013-12-15

Dammam first among Saudi universities to adopt New ICDL Profile

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New ICDL offers flexibility and four new modules
Dammam university – Preparatory Deanship announced today its readiness to implement the New ICDL Profile structure for its students beginning of the new university year, this comes in line with the ICDL GCC Foundation - an organisation that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the Gulf region and Iraq – introduction last week in Dubai, UAE of an updated and more flexible structure of its international Information and Communications Technology (ICT) certification programmes incorporating four additional modules catering to all users. More

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2013-12-10

ICDL survey reveals UAE youth are at risk of online threats and calls for teaching social media and cyber safety in schools

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86 per cent unsure whom to talk to when victimized on cyber space
A recent survey of 883 youth from across the UAE was published by ICDL GCC Foundation- an advocate of digital skills and cyber safety for-all; and the sole operator of ICDL in the GCC and Iraq- revealed that 95 per cent of school students between the age of 14 and 18 are active on social media. While it is encouraging to see that the UAE youth is quickly adapting to the latest digital channels, the study also showed the dark side of the cyber world. More

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2013-11-20

ICDL calls on government, academic & private sectors to raise awareness on internet safety at 4th Annual Recognition Event

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Photo IT Security & Social Media among key strategic priorities in 2014
ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body and certification authority responsible for advocating digital skills and promoting the globally recognized ICDL certification programs across the GCC and Iraq, has announced its 2014 vision for digital awareness and internet safety and its emphasis on IT Security and Social Media as two of its key strategic priorities for the coming year. More

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2013-11-20

ICDL commences application of recently-launched flexible programmes with four new modules in region

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Photo The ICDL GCC Foundation, an organisation that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the Gulf region and Iraq, has today (Wednesday, November 20, 2013) introduced an updated and more flexible structure of its international Information and Communications Technology (ICT) certification programmes incorporating four additional modules catering to all users. The launching ceremony was held at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort and was attended by representatives from 300 ICDL-accredited entities and training centres from across the GCC and Iraq. More

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2013-10-23

UAE Ministry of Interior's Child Protection Center & ICDL distribute pocket guide on cyber safety to students

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Photo The UAE Ministry of Interior's Child Protection Center in cooperation with the ICDL GCC Foundation has distributed a free pocket guide to students across the UAE with the aim of educating them along with parents and teachers about cyber safety. The handbook contains 101 tips on internet etiquette and the responsible use of various social media websites and smart technologies.More

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2013-10-22

Dubai Municipality reveals its endorsement of ICDL's IT Security Certification for its employees

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Photo Combat cyber crimes is the priority
On the sidelines of Gitex. Dubai Municipality (DM) revealed its endorsement of "ICDL IT Security", a module that explains the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life. The move is part of the Municipality's commitment towards the provision of best practices in maintaining higher levels of IT security and safety. More

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2013-09-18

ICDL calls on region’s governments to step up public awareness on IT security

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Photo Dissemination and training crucial to addressing growing & pervasive cyber-threats across the GCC
ICDL GCC Foundation, an advocate of digital skills and cyber safety for-all; and the sole operator of ICDL in the GCC and Iraq, is strongly urging the region’s governments to push for greater vigilance against cyber-crime. The Foundation points out how, early this year, a global cyber crime ring was able to steal USD45 million from two Gulf-based banks. This incident has sparked serious concerns on the region’s ability to combat cyber crimes and maintain acceptable levels of IT security. Since the GCC has one of the highest Internet growth rate in the World and has been adopting the latest technologies, ITC solutions and embracing social networking at a rapid rate through smartphones, PCs and tablets, it has also been drawing increasing global interest among hackers and other criminal elements.More

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2013-08-27

Mashreq sponsors orphan kids summer camp to provide Key Skills in Social Media and Cyber Safety

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Photo UAE’s leading financial institution, Mashreq Bank and ICDL GCC Foundation have joined hands to empower 22 orphan youth from Ajman Emirate with essential skills in social media and cyber safety.
This initiative is taking place now at Ajman University facilities in a Summer Camp format and will run until September 9, 2013, as part of ICDL Summer Camp 2013 groups. The ICDL Summer Camp program focuses this year on educating the young participants on safety measures when using social media websites and smart devices. The Summer Camp is set to offer students a chance to have a productive summer by learning new skills and socializing with others in a fun learning environment. More

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2013-08-18

HSBC Lends a Hand to 200 Orphans and Underprivileged Kids from the UAE through Digital Learning Summer Camp

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Photo Partners with ICDL GCC, local Education Zones and Charities to Teach youngsters Key Skills in Social Media and Cyber Safety
ICDL GCC Foundation, an organisation that promotes digital skills and cyber safety across the Gulf region, and leading global financial services organization HSBC Middle East have renewed their partnership for the second year in a row to empower 200 orphans and underprivileged youngsters from Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah with essential skills in social media and cyber safety.  More

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2013-07-01

Dubai Police accredits the certificate of the Social Media for All (SM4A) Program for their cadres and determines the first regionally nominated group for this Program

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Photo An internationally accredited Program aiming at empowering individuals to efficiently, safely and responsibly use social network websites
The General Training Department in Dubai Police has announced defining the first group of candidates on the regional level for the Social Media for All (SM4A) Program in cooperation with the ICDL GCC Foundation. This Program will be executed by the National Institute for Vocational Education as of 16th June to 4th July 2013 in the headquarters of the Institute in the Academic City in Dubai.  More

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