PHOTO - CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Lt Col Prof Dato' Husin Jazri (Retired).
Malaysian government agency CyberSecurity Malaysia has released guidelines for the country's small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Speaking on 11 August 2011, CyberSecurity Malaysia's chief executive officer Lt Col Prof Dato' Husin Jazri (Retired) said the guidelines would help SMEs secure their critical information and avoid being an easy target to unwanted intruders. "With the guidelines, it will indirectly boost up SMEs participation in e-commerce in the country."
Husin said the objective of the guidelines were to provide awareness, basic understanding and guidance on information security to SMEs. "Most SMEs know how to protect their physical assets, however the awareness in protecting information as an asset is still very low. Thus, the Knowledge Practices suggested in the guidelines will guide to ensure that SMEs are capable of managing their assets (information) appropriately in order to sustain their businesses."
"For SMEs to survive and sustain in the domestic as well as global market, they must consider information, communication and technology (ICT) as the platform to grow and not shun due to the emerging threats and risks," he said. "By referring to the guidelines, it allows SMEs to maximise their productivity through effective and efficient controls in protecting information as an asset. Subsequently, it can yield more profit by minimising asset losses."
The guidelines outline basic principles of implementing information security through the exercise of the six Knowledge Practices that needs to be taken to protect business (relevant assets) within SMEs environment. With the S-ME phrase that stands for S.E.C.U.R.E M.E, it gives a good insight on how SMEs should inculcate and practice the information security and digital asset protection.
The softcopy of the guidelines is now available for public to access particularly the SMEs at the following URLs:
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