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National Cyber Security policy review in final stage - DPM

Last update: 12/09/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 -- The government through the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) is in the final stage of reviewing the National Cyber Security Policy.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the policy would serve as Malaysia’s five-year plan in addressing cyber security, encompassing multi-stakeholders from the public and private sectors in Malaysia.

“This strategy will be realised through the mobilisation of human resource and the development of infrastructure which will focus on the creation of the National Cyber Security Workforce to ensure the optimal utilisation of existing resources and expertise.

“The government will work together with private sector entities to promote understanding of cyber security risks, encourage more informed risk management decisions, and advocate investments in appropriate security measures,” she said.

She said this in her speech delivered by Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail at a conference, 'Cybersecurity, Smart City and e-Government; Sharing the Russian Experience', here today.

She said it was no more an exaggeration to say a cyber-attack had the potential to stall the functioning of a business or critical infrastructure much to the peril of its operators.

“The impact of unavailability or disruption in one critical infrastructure can cause a rippling effect on dependent services,” she added.

She also noted that the ability to provide ‘trust’ in the cyber environment was the critical success factor of a “smart government”, where it could only be built by strengthening cybersecurity at the national level.

In this regard, she said the nation needed to embed strong, multiple layered authentications and user-friendly security technology to address the risks of normal human behaviour that usually lead to cyber security incidents.

“Once common threats are addressed, this will enable more focus on the more sophisticated threats to our country,” she said.

She also confident that with proper planning and strategies, the cybersecurity industry could grow and prosper in Malaysia, making it one of the important economic verticals in the country.

Earlier during the event, Malaysian and Russian organisations signed five documents to formalise collaborations in the fields of cybersecurity, smart city and e-government.


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