Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

MDEC partners with ISACA to improve leadership competencies and workforce skills in technology governance, information and cyber security

MDEC partners with ISACA to improve leadership competencies and workforce skills in technology governance

Above photo (L-R): ISACA Board chair Theresa Grafenstine; ISACA Board director Leonard Ong; MDEC Enabling Ecosystem director Ir. Wan Murdani Wan Mohamad, Director; and MDEC Board of Directors Dr. Parmjit Singh/ Credit: MDEC

As Malaysia moves towards its target of 20% contribution from the digital economy (under the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, 2016 – 2020, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department) to gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2020, cybersecurity has become a top priority for Malaysian business, governmental and academic leaders.

Last week, the Malaysia Digital Economic Corporation (MDEC) and ISACA announced a collaboration and partnership focused on improving leadership competencies and workforce skills in technology governance, information and cyber security.

MDEC is the lead agency for driving the digital economy in Malaysia, while ISACA is a leading body for information governance, control, security and audit professionals, with members in 188 countries. Its IS (Information Systems) auditing and IS control standards are followed by practitioners worldwide.

The two organisations are finalising the details of the partnership terms. The objective is to help MDEC fuel Malaysia’s digital transformation drive, by leveraging ISACA training and professional development, certification, content, and conference capabilities.

The organisations have agreed to sharing of knowledge and best practices, and to cooperate for developing awareness in the areas of technology governance, risk, information and cyber security, in the context of products and services aimed for business technology professionals and enterprise organisations in the region.

Ir Wan Murdani Wan Mohamad, Director, Enabling Ecosystem, MDEC  said,“This collaboration with ISACA is another opportunity for MDEC to further extend our relationship within the private sector as we work towards accelerating the digital economy for Malaysia. This, of course, includes improving best security practices and governance compliances for businesses. Part of this MoU will ramp up the development of skilled talents in the cyber-security sector, generate more awareness for data protection, and scale up partner programs like the recently launched Premier Digital Tech IHLs programme.”

“ISACA actively works to advance knowledge, training, and credentials in information technology, governance, security, risk, audit and assurance. Our partnership with MDEC conveys our shared commitment to build a business technology professional community well-equipped to drive digital economy growth and success in Malaysia, and internationally,” said Theresa Grafenstine, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CPA, CISSP, CIA, CGMA, CGAP, ISACA Board Chair, and Inspector General of the U.S. House of Representatives, USA.

Leonard Ong, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT, CPP, CFE, PMP, CIPM, CIPT, CISSP ISSMP-ISSAP, CSSLP, CITBCM, GCIA, GCIH, GSNA, GCFA, ISACA Board Director and Associate Director at Merck & Co., Inc., Singapore said, “Cyber-attack sophistication is rapidly evolving, as are concerns about information security and enterprise vulnerability. ISACA is at the forefront of professional development, upskilling and certification for the information and cyber security workforce of today, and across the technology spectrum in our future. We value this partnership, connecting Malaysia to ISACA’s global community, as an important step to advance cyber security regulation and adoption in Malaysia and the region.”

On September 19, ISACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) to facilitate collaboration on cybersecurity capability and workforce development.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.