Public-private cybersecurity collaborations formalised

(Pic caption: The entrance to CyberSecurity Malaysia’s new headquarters in Cyberjaya)

CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM), the national cybersecurity specialist and technical agency,  has launched the Cyber Security Malaysia Collaboration Program (CCP), last week.

This collaborative and strategic programme, recognises that public and private sectors need to work together to address challenges, and it aims to maximise collective resources from everyone, be they from industry, academia or the public sector.

CSM’s CEO, Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab shared during his welcome remark that “…it is imperative that both public and private sectors explore potential collaboration to leverage perspectives and experience of governments, industry, civil and academia in addressing these Cyber Security challenges.”

Industry Dialogue and certifications

In conjunction with the launch of the CCP, there was also an industry-level dialogue with members of OIC-CERT Board members, as panellists.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Teams (OIC-CERT) was established in 2006, to support seamless co-operation among its 24 member countries.

Currently, the OIC-CERT sees Oman as the chair country, and Malaysia as the Permanent Secretariat country.

During the dialogue session titled, “Cybersecurity Industry Development Landscape in OIC-CERT Countries”, members from Oman, Indonesia, Egypt, Azerbaijan shared about cybersecurity initiatives within their own countries.

Besides this, the Oman representative shared about Oman’s digital forensics lab which CSM had helped them build and achieve internationally accredited status.

There is an internationally accredited digital forensics lab in Malaysia that is managed and operated by CSM.

After the dialogue, CSM’s Head of MySEF (Malaysian Security Evaluation Facility), Norahana Salimin and CSM’s Head of Department, Information Security Certification Bodies, Wan Shafiuddin Zainuddin, each presented about product certification and people certification, respectively.

Norahana shared that CSM has certified up to 82 products, to date, while Wan Shafiuddin pointed out that Malaysia has top 3 cybersecurity ranking in the eyes of the ITU because of our initiatives around certification.

The whole event was the first that was organised at CSM’s new building at Menara Cyber Axis, Cyberjaya. The building commenced operations for CSM on 15th April, 2019.