Strengthened national security capability essential to Digital Economy, says CyberSecurity Malaysia

During the soft launch of CSM-ACE 2016, CyberSecurity Malaysia Chairman said the agency is helping to build a strategy to increase national cyber resiliency.

By AvantiKumar
June 20, 2016

CyberSecurity Malaysia announces CSM-ACE 2016 

Photo - Media briefing with (from left) Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, Chief Executive Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia; YB Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI); YAB General Tan Sri Dato' Sri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), Chairman of the Board of Director, CyberSecurity Malaysia; and En. Suhaimi Hamzah, Under Secretary ICT & Policy (Dict), Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI).


In conjunction with the recent soft launch of CyberSecurity Malaysia's annual security summit, the national cyber security agency said the cyber resilience was critical in smoothing Malaysia's path to growing as a Digital Economy.

Speaking at the launch of Cyber Security Malaysia - Awards, Conference and Exhibition 2016 (CSM-ACE 2016), the minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, YB. Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau said "the ability of Malaysian companies to prepare and recover quickly from a cyber-attack with minimal disruption is key to the future survival and vibrancy of Malaysia's Digital Economy."

"Cyber threats are becoming more severe and prolific," said the minister. "It's time for companies to think differently about managing cyber risk. In today's cyber threatscape, security goes beyond systems, software or IT departments. Cyber Resilience is about an organisation's ability to identify, prevent, detect and respond to process or technology failures and recover with minimal reputational damage or financial loss."

CyberSecurity Malaysia's chairman of Board of Directors, General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), said: "CyberSecurity Malaysia aims to highlight the importance of being cyber resilient in today's evolving cyber threat environment. CSM-ACE 2016 will put into focus the pathways and strategies to achieve Cyber Resiliency for both public and private sectors. We will continue to share and deliver the most updated cyber security information and alerts, best industry practices, training as well as awareness programmes to strengthen Malaysia's cyber resiliency."

"A successful cyber-attack is no longer a question of 'if' but a question of 'when'," he said. "Therefore, organisations must have the resources to not only recover their systems and operations swiftly and safely after a successful attack, but also to ensure the highest calibre of talent and expertise available to keep pace with today's rising tech-savvy cybercriminals."

Capacity building at CSM-ACE 2016

CyberSecurity Malaysia's CSM-ACE 2016 is a summit built on public-private-partnerships to help catalyse innovation and growth in the local cyber security industry.

The annual event, which will be held at The Royal Chulan Kuala Lumpur from 17 to 20 October 2016, is the 6th edition. The theme for CSM-ACE 2016 - 'Cyber Resiliency' - also defines the strategic intent of the Malaysian government and the global cyber security community.

Objectives for this three-in-one event include further Capacity Building with nine training modules, including a new Certified Information Security Awareness Manager (CISAM) course, which is expected to be popular among delegates. Other capacity building training courses to be offered include Cyber Security Risk Management, ISMS implementation, Digital Forensics, Security Posture Assessment, SCADA Security Assessment, Network Security and Incident Response.

The second aspect of the event features the Malaysia Cyber Security awards to recognise organisations and individuals in the field of cyber security. As well as the existing six categories, there will be two new categories - (Cyber Security Innovation of the Year and CyberSAFE Professional of the Year.

The trade exhibition forms the third aspect of the event and features more than 40 exhibitors. In conjunction with CSM-ACE 2016, a series of satellite events will also take place to engage the larger community. Among the key highlights is the annual NICTSeD 2016 - National ICT Security Discourse - CyberSAFE Challenge Trophy 2016 for students, which has been the cornerstone of CSM-ACE's community outreach programme. National ICT Security Discourse (NICTSeD) 2016 exposes Malaysian students to critical cyber security issues and promotes critical thinking on overcoming online risks and challenges. NICTSeD 2016 finale will be held on 19th October 2016 at the Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

For more information on CSM-ACE 2016 and to register as a delegate, visit