Nov. 7, 2016
Photo (IDG) - Technical skills
National infosecurity agency CyberSecurity Malaysia has continued its mission to further strengthen Malaysia's cyber defence preparedness with a recent collaboration with Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).
Speaking during official signing of the memorandum of agreement in Kuala Lumpur, CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Dato' Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab said that this latest effort to boost the nation's cyber preparedness, which was rated number #1 last year in the Asia Pacific region, was a proactive measure.
"The collaboration between CyberSecurity Malaysia and UUM is also an innovative step to provide cyber defence preparedness of to keep ahead of the current scenario of cyber threats," said Dr. Amirudin.
The partnership focused on cybersecurity programmes, which include seminars & conferences, research & program development as well as an academic syllabus solely on aspects of cybersecurity, he said.
Previous collaboration between CyberSecurity Malaysia included the organisation of joint conferences and Malaysian 2012 Internet Governance Forum (MyIGF 2014) in 2014 as well as the involvement of CyberSecurity Malaysia as a guest speaker at several conferences or forums organised by UUM early 2016.
Dr Amirudin said the agency will provide specialised technical services to UUM and bolster the research program, which included operational and fundamental research by the university. This will contribute to the strengthening of national cyber security in the long run.
"All organisations should be in tune and working hand in hand to enhance national cyberspace security, which is increasingly at risk from unscrupulous people," he added.
Photo - Official signing photo between CyberSecurity Malaysia and UUM
Representing UUM, vice chancellor Prof. Dato 'Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa bin Ishak, said,"[This] smart partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia is part of the answer to the challenges posed by cyber threats. It [agreement] goes beyond addressing these cyber threats to exploring the opportunities that arise from cyber security such as the creation of intellectual property (IP), consulting activities and training of human resources."
Dr Mohamed added that "a Centre of Excellence based in Kedah, will be also be a focus for UUM's role in helping the Kedah State Government, organisations, industry and Internet users with cyber security best practices."