PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and Oman have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to strengthen cyber security cooperation between the two nations.
The agreement was signed between CyberSecurity Malaysia and the Information Technology Authority (ITA) Oman in Muscat on Oct 11.
In a statement on Wednesday, CyberSecurity said its CEO Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab and his counterpart Dr Salim Sultan AL Ruzaiqi had signed the agreement on behalf of the two companies.
It also said that ITA would engage with CyberSecurity to assist in developing a security test laboratory and to learn the development of the Common Criteria scheme.
The deal would also include cooperation on risk management, protection of sensitive infrastructure organisations, plus cooperation on training, education and research.
Amirudin said that there is a need for global coalitions via international response to find possible solutions to impending and ever-increasing cyber threats.
“As cyber threats, cyber criminal and cyber terrorism continue to implicate fear, corrupt and disrupt our cyber space, it is crucial to continuously put the efforts to provide protection, education and forge strategic alliances towards the creation of a safe cyber environment for everyone” he said.
Last week, Amirudin had stated that protecting the country’s cyberspace is critical to the nations economic prosperity and national security and defines Malaysia’s competitive advantage in the global economy.
CyberSecurity Malaysia is the national cyber security specialist agency under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.
Last year, Malaysia came in third in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) together with Oman and Australia. The United States came first with Canada in second place. The GCI measures the commitment of countries to cyber security.