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UK's BAE Systems in new deal to boost Malaysian cyber security capability

AvantiKumar | March 6, 2015
BAE Systems signs deal at House of Lords in London to fund a Masters degree programme developed with Warwick Manufacturing Group and the National Defence University of Malaysia.

Signing ceremony BAE Systems-Def Uni

Photo -  Standing, (left to right): HE Dato Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, Malaysian High Commissioner to London; and Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, WMG Chairman. Seated, (left to right): Dato Jesbil, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Industrial Relations and Corporate Affairs, National Defence University of Malaysia; General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, Vice Chancellor, National Defence University of Malaysia; Lena Gillström, Managing Director of Weapon Systems Sweden at BAE Systems; Ian Lane, Vice President, Offset, BAE Systems.

UK headquartered defence, aerospace and security provider BAE Systems has signed a deal at the House of Lords in London to fund a Masters Degree programme in Cyber Security and Management, developed with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Coventry and the National Defence University of Malaysia.

The Degree, which the partners described as an extensive programme, will offer 10 specifically designed Cyber Security and Management modules delivered at the National Defence University of Malaysia each year of the course.' Each annual class can accommodate a maximum of 24 students for a total of up to 72 students over the three-year programme.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, WMG chairman said "I welcome this opportunity to offer our cyber security and management programme to staff at BAE Systems through our partnership with NDUM. This helps to strengthen our education programmes in Malaysia."

"This programme will support offset requirements associated with delivering Bofors 57 Mk3 naval guns for the Royal Malaysian Navy," said Lena Gillström, managing director of Weapon Systems Sweden at BAE Systems, adding that the Malaysian Navy has had Bofors naval guns in service on its ships for decades with about 140 in service.

Gillström said BAE Systems expected to finalise a contract for six 57 Mk3 naval guns along with an offset requirement in the near future. 

"BAE Systems has a strong heritage of supporting education initiatives in Malaysia, including Chevening Scholarships and school outreach programmes," she said. "This post-graduate degree furthers our long-term strategy of continuing to develop partnerships with education stakeholders and transferring technology to Malaysia."

In 2013, BAE Systems' cyber security business, Applied Intelligence opened a Global Delivery Centre in Kuala Lumpur and has grown rapidly to more than 230 cyber specialists in just over twelve months. There are plans to increase to about 350 by the end of 2015.  In addition, a collaboration agreement was signed with national infosecurity specialist CyberSecurity Malaysia.


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