A knowledge-based economy is dependent on cultivating a highly-skilled workforce to be innovative, creative, and resourceful. Institutions of Higher Learning could work together and partner with the private sectors to find out what ICT skills are lacking and required in the industry, therefore developing plans to bridge the skill gaps. This is an important initiative that would contribute towards nurturing a pool of skilled and knowledge workers to meet the needs of the development and growth of the local ICT industry.
George Chang, regional director for Asia and Hong Kong, Fortinet:
In 2012, there will be greater interest around network security (because of rising adoption of cloud and managed services) and mobile security. Malaysian SMEs will also catch up in terms of security deployments because of greater awareness. I expect the demand for security in the government sector to also grow. In terms of outreach to the public, I expect the Malaysian government to run more events and programmes to educate the public on cyber security.
The period of economic uncertainty will most likely extend to the first quarter of this year but may lift in the second or third quarter. Demand for security technologies may slow down in the first quarter as companies adopt a wait-and-see attitude, but could pick up again in second or third quarter. There's a likelihood that some of this slack, however, will be picked up by the Malaysian elections which are expected by early next year. Government and private sector projects could gather some momentum as a result of the polls.
Both the government and industry need to become smarter in deploying and using technology. If necessary, they should seek external expertise to help them do this. Where the government is concerned, they may want to step up efforts to lure Malaysian IT talents back to the country. For industry, many of them will adopt some form of cloud computing next year. Companies must not forget to invest in auditing the cloud.
This concludes the Look Ahead to 2012 feature.
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