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CSM Partners to Boost Cybersecurity in Malaysia

CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) sealed a memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with a major telecommunication company via its enterprise and public sector business solutions arm to empower and strengthen the level of cybersecurity in Malaysia.

In a statement, the telecom said the MoC was signed in a virtual event by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CyberSecurity Malaysia and Group Chief Executive Officer of the telecom. Also present was the Chairman of the Board Of Directors, CyberSecurity Malaysia; Chairman of the telecom; and Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

The Chairman of the telecom noted that the company is honoured to collaborate with CSM in this initiative, which is aimed at elevating the nation’s cybersecurity network and ecosystem and strengthening Malaysia’s self-reliance in cyberspace. The adoption of cybersecurity needs to be in tandem with the pace of transformation to secure our digital economy.

The collaboration will enable both parties to enhance the ability of the public and business sectors to fend off cyberattacks and make cybersecurity a key thrust towards a sustainable digital economy, digital government and digital society.

Meanwhile, CSM’s Chairman said the agency is strongly committed to ensuring the e-security aspects of the country and will continue to identify areas that could endanger national security and the well-being of the people. The main focus is to strengthen capacity through monitoring and providing effective responses towards cyber threats and attacks to avoid major impacts. The partnership will enable both entities to merge and benefit from each other’s expertise, thus enabling both organisations to act as commercial strategic partners locally and internationally.

The initiative between both parties include the sharing of global best practices, leveraging each other’s technical capabilities and is set to deliver optimal cybersecurity technology solutions to local enterprises and public sectors, CSM said.

The telecom’s role includes offering end-to-end comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to both Malaysia and the world. This is delivered principally through CYDEC, a portfolio of active cyber defence capabilities, managed security products and services, powered by the company’s Global Security Operations Center, CSM said.

CYDEC will pave the way for greater digital trust and cyber resilience in the digital era, it added.

Another key aspect of the collaboration is to explore the development of advanced security monitoring capabilities by tapping on TM ONE’s extensive cloud infrastructure, CSM said.

Both parties will endeavour to advance digital forensic capabilities and enhance incident response services. This will eventually feature cyber-outreach, a capability and capacity development programme, which CSM claimed will help to upscale the skillset and digital intelligence potential of Malaysia’s public and private sector workforce.

This MoC also signals the continued urgency of addressing the relentless surge of cyber threats impacting both the public and business sectors as a fundamental step to enabling a sustainable, safe and successful digital society.

Cybersecurity a major focus

According to an earlier article, CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) said its RM27 million allocation in Budget 2021 to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity shows the government’s commitment to combat cybercrime.

It was noted that the allocation is recognition for CSM and it proves that the government is committed to addressing and preventing cybercrime threats, and ensuring the existence of a safe and conducive cybersecurity infrastructure in Malaysia.

The Malaysian Prime Minister had also recently launched the Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy (MCSS) 2020-2024 with an allocation of RM1.8 billion. He said cybersecurity is a priority for national defence and security, adding that the initiative is timely as cybercrime has gone up during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the movement control order, the National Cyber Control and Command Centre succeeded in detecting and containing several cyberattacks on certain agencies, he added.

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