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Why CyberSecurity Malaysia was in Azerbaijan

AvantiKumar | Nov. 13, 2017
CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Dato’ Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab told Computerworld Malaysia that some 200 participants from 34 countries gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan to discuss their cyber security agendas.

CSM CEO Dato'Dr Amirudin  2017-11-11

These include topics and issues pertaining to threat origins; the different approaches in mitigating cyber-attacks; and the need for new governance and security solutions in curtailing new challenges in cyber security.

"I was also one of the invited speakers sharing Malaysia's experience in 'Uncovering Future Threats,' the theme of OIC CERT 2017," he said

Dr Amirudin revisited the wider picture of CyberSecurity Malaysia's role in the evolution of OIC-CERT as a vital cog in international collaboration efforts in the global digital security war.

Among the highlights, CyberSecurity Malaysia was appointed as permanent secretariat of the OIC-CERT during its 5th annual general meeting held recently in Bandung, Indonesia, in November 2013. Taking a leading role in various exercises such as August 2015 saw CyberSecurity Malaysian leading a drill, themed Global Alliance for Cyber Green Achievement, which involved 12 CERT teams from 11 countries (Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mongolia, Egypt and Ghana).

(See also - APCERT, OIC-CERT participate in global cyber security drill, CyberSecurity Malaysia announces)

Malaysia has initiated a capacity building programme called Global Accredited Cybersecurity Education or Global ACE Scheme among OIC countries and 10 countries had declared interest to learn from Malaysia and more OIC countries expected to develop similar scheme like Malaysia.

"We will launch this Global ACE Scheme next year in Malaysia," he added.  He explained that this event series also opens up the arena for similar new cybersecurity partnerships. So far, the gatherings have strengthened a platform for information of security issues, and helped to enhance technical and administrative capabilities in incident handling."

Wajdi Al Quliti, the OIC's director of Information Technology Department also reaffirmed the OIC's "continued concern with the emergence of an ever-evolving new patterns and trend in international terrorism and violent extremism particularly cyber terrorism and crime in the area of cyber space."

He then went on to announce the launch of the OIC Cyber Security Centre, which is expected to be operational in the "very near future to combat cyberterrorism."

Dr Amirudin ended by informing Computerworld Malaysia that Malaysia is to host the 30th edition of FIRST (US based Forum of Incident Response Teams) 2018 from 24-29 June 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, in partnership with Cybersecurity Malaysia and makes Malaysia the first of the OIC member countries to host the event.


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