Govt to set up a more systematic cybersecurity command centre, says Saifuddin

PETALING JAYA: The government will establish a more systematic cybersecurity command centre to oversee cybersecurity issues in the country, says Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said all the government agencies have been working very well together but they have to take cognisance of the fact that they have to constantly improve their strength.

As such, he said that was why the command centre has been formalised so that it can enhance the cybersecurity system in the country.

This command centre, Saifuddin said, will be headed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Saifuddin noted that the secretariat would be the National Security Council.

“We already have all this in place but I think we have agreed to streamline everything to have an enhanced command centre in which the secretariat is at the National Security Council.

“We have been looking at cybersecurity on a daily basis; monitoring issues, and prospective attacks within and from outside the country.

“And, as far as our understanding is concerned, our cybersecurity is stable. We are among the top 10 countries in the world that are considered prepared as far as our cybersecurity strength is of concern,” he said during a virtual press conference on Thursday (July 22).

Also in attendance at the virtual press conference were Criminal Investigations Department deputy director (intelligence/operations) DCP Datuk Dev Kumar MM Sree, and Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek.

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