Putting the spotlight on cybersecurity

Van Doorn (third from left) and Mohd Azumi (on Van Doorn

THE Internet is evolving fast and has helped to establish businesses, expand government services and keep us connected.

But how much do we really know about safety measures and Internet security?

This year, Fire and Safety Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) Southeast Asia is back with its fifth edition to bring professionals the latest technologies and solutions from the security, fire and safety industry.

According to the Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, there were about three-and-a- half billion Internet users worldwide in 2016, which make up about half of the world’s population, said CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed.

“Little do we know of the potential cyber threats that come along with it.

“In the same study, one in every 131 email was malicious in 2016.

“This was the highest record over the past five years, and it is the weapon of choice for cyber espionage.

By 2020, there will be more than 12 billion machines and devices connected to the Internet.

“Through this exhibition, we hope to inform and drive home the point that cybersecurity is not just the concern of the Government, but also relevant to professionals of all industries,” he said.

From Sept 6 to 8, industry experts will gather at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to showcase the latest products such as CCTV, access control and biometric, perimeter protection, control rooms, home automation and cybersecurity.

UBM Malaysia business development director Eliane Van Doorn revealed that IFSEC would have a few new features, and is expected to attract about 10,000 visitors with 12% of them coming from countries such as Britain, Singapore, China, the United States and Indonesia.

“There will be more than 350 world-leading brands from more than 45 countries showcasing their latest offerings.

“Besides that, there will also be free seminars covering more than 10 hot topics in cybersecurity, Internet-of-Things (IoT), security, fire and safety for all industry players.

“For the first time, we will have a drone zone, featuring seven to eight high-tech drones from drone companies and operators, whereby visitors will be able to see the drones fly, and learn how they can help in security, fire and safety industry,” said Van Doorn.

Another new feature is the business-matching service with which visitors can use to find the best solutions or products for their needs and connect to the manufacturers or distributors.

Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) Malaysian Chapter president Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali said a conference would also be held specifically for security industry players and operators.

“Held for the first time, the Conference Perdana is set to be the best platform for the industry players to gather and obtain the latest information and gain new knowledge that will benefit their businesses,” he said, adding that more than 2,500 security companies were expected to join.

IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017 is organised by UBM Malaysia and supported by the Home Affairs Ministry, Royal Malaysia Police, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Asian Professional Security Association Malaysian Chapter, British Security Industry Association and ASIS International (Malaysia Chapter).

The exhibition is open to professional visitors from 10am to 5.30pm on Sept 6 and 7, and 10am to 4pm on Sept 8. Admission is free.

To register, call 03-2176 8788 or visit www.ifsecsea.com

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