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Cyber security’s role in the nation’s economic transformation: CyberSecurity Malaysia event

AvantiKumar | Nov. 8, 2012
Malaysian national cyber security agency presents ICT security awards as part of security event.

CyberSecurity Malaysia CSM-ace Awards - Group Photo modified

Photo - (from left): Nizar Najib, Executive Director, Deloitte Malaysia; Zahri Hj Yunos, Acting CEO CyberSecurity Malaysia; General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed, Chairman CyberSecurity Malaysia;Peter Lilley, Australasian Regional Director of BAE Systems Detica; and Hj Safiee Mohammad, Executive Director, HeiTech Padu Berhad.


The national cyber security agency CyberSecurity Malaysia has launched this year's Cyber Security Malaysia Awards, Conference and Exhibition (CSM-ACE) 2012 with the theme 'CyberSecurity Risk & Compliance for Economic Transformation.' The event was held in conjunction with the World Innovation Forum Kuala Lumpur (WIFKL) 2012.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired) said CSM-ACE 2012 is intended to increase awareness of "mandatory compliance of information-security standards as well as to provide a strategic platform for government agencies to get information on info-security standards."

This year, the event formed part of the National Transformation Programme under the Strategic Reform Initiative (SRI) to conduct trade events and business matching opportunities, the development of which is spearheaded by PEMANDU, a unit under the Prime Minister's Department, said Mohd Azumi.

"This year, CSM-ACE 2012 promises to build on the solid foundation laid," he said. "We seek to unite cyber security experts to share their valuable experiences, innovative ideas and to address tomorrow's cyber security issues and challenges."

Mohd Azumi said CSM-ACE should "nurture a strong culture of cyber security awareness" especially among ICT users particularly in the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) sectors. "This is to educate and strengthen Malaysia's self-reliance in terms of technology, standard and compliance."

"The theme is significant as it underscores the important roles played by the Malaysian government in placing cyber security as a key growth sector in the Economic Transformation Programme, where ICT forms an integral role in nation building especially in the CNII sectors," he said.

CSM-ACE 2012 featured three conference tracks namely Governance, Standard & Compliance; Technical; and Business Continuity Management. HeiTech Managed Services was the official partner for Track 3 on Business Continuity Management.

 Cyber space is critical to Malaysia

CyberSecurity Malaysia's acting chief executive officer, Zahri Hj. Yunos, said: "Cyber space is critical to Malaysia's economic prosperity and national security. The government has taken various initiatives to establish a strategic framework to propel into the new digital economy by creating a digital ecosystem that can increase revenue, improve productivity and enhance the standard of living in Malaysia." 

"CSM-ACE 2012 will delve into both national and global perspectives on national cyber security policy with an aim to develop more robust governance and compliance mechanisms," said Zahri. "In doing so, we could create a safer cyber space to enable communication, collaboration and commerce for nations to prosper."

About 50 professional speakers and experts in ICT security field with more than 500 delegates from local and abroad attended the two-day event. The major highlight of CSM-ACE 2012 is the conferment of Malaysia Cyber Security Awards to recognise highly talented information security professionals, homegrown SMEs and global organisations for their outstanding contribution in the ICT security field. The awards are expected to further encourage innovation, commitment, and foster strategic alliances within the local security and ICT industry.

Another component of the CSM-ACE 2012 is the ICT security exhibition. The exhibition showcased ICT security products and solutions developed locally and internationally. A special pavillion was constructed to highlight innovative ICT products that have obtained Common Criteria (ISO15408) certifications, which means those products complied with globally accepted standards and assurance requirements issued by the Malaysian Common Criteria Evaluation & Certification (MyCC) scheme.


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