Lam Thye: National Cyber Security Committee must comprise relevant stakeholders

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. - filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Cyber Security Committee should comprise relevant stakeholders for the war against cybercrimes to be truly effective, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice chairman said agencies such as the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Cyber Security and relevant ministries should have a representative in the committee.

"Furthermore, entities such as the banking institutions and telecommunication companies should be included as well to ensure that efforts to curb cybercrime are conducted effectively.

"We commend the government for forming the committee but it must have all the stakeholders to really be effective," he said on Thursday (Oct 15).

He was commenting on the government's new cybersecurity strategy, which includes forming the committee.

"We feel that the introduction of the cybersecurity strategy is timely as matters concerning cybersecurity are gaining importance and momentum daily.

"In fact, the public has been bombarded with scams, especially Macau scams, in recent years," he added.

Victims of scams include people from all walks of life, even professionals, Lee said.

"In light of this, the issue of cybersecurity should be relooked to identify weaknesses and shortcomings exploited by scammers," he said.

As Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are now under the conditional movement control order (MCO), Lee said people were more likely to be working from home and to access the Internet more.

"Scammers will seize such opportunities and the people should stay vigilant," he added.

The government recently launched the Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy (MCSS) 2020-2024 with an allocation of RM1.8bil to step up national cybersecurity preparedness.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said the Communications and Multimedia Ministry and the National Cyber Security Agency would be tasked with formulating, implementing, monitoring and coordinating the medium-term action plan.

He said the strategy was drafted based on five pillars with the thrust of the cybersecurity mechanism being to face any form of cyberattacks.

"The first pillar enhances the management of national governance and cybersecurity by improving the country's critical information and communication technology infrastructure, as well as raising the ability to deal with cybersecurity issues effectively.

"In this regard, the National Cyber Security Committee has been established and I have appointed Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as chairman," he said in his opening speech for MCSS 2020-2024 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Wednesday (Oct 14), which was read by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah.

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