Cybersecurity Bill to be tabled by early next year, says Fahmi

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cybersecurity Bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament by the end of this year or early next year, says Fahmi Fadzil.

The Communications and Digital Minister said the Bill is currently being drafted by the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) under the National Security Council (MKN).

“The process to table the Bill is ongoing. NACSA is expected to deliver what is drafted.

“We will bring the draft to the Cabinet before it can be made public,” he told reporters after launching the Cyber Digital Services, Defence and Security Asia (CyberDSA) 2023 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here on Tuesday (Aug 15).

In a similar matter, Fahmi said the ministry is reviewing the need for appointing data protection officers to monitor organisations to protect individuals’ data.

He said this is among the suggestions made for amendment of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010.

“This is among the recommendations that we are considering on the issues related to data protection by organisations.

“There is a need to protect the users’ data but these are all subject to the Cabinet and stakeholders’ feedback.

“The ministry is actively collaborating with the cybersecurity community to explore quantum-safe cryptographic solutions in strengthening the nation's digital resilience,” he said.

He said the amendment to the PDPA 2010 is expected to be held in October this year or March next year.

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