Collaboration is key in strengthening cybersecurity in Malaysia


(From right) Madhavan receiving one of the two awards from Tan and CyberSecurity Malaysia's board of directors chairman Tan Sri Datuk Sri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

(From right) Madhavan receiving one of the two awards from Tan and CyberSecurity Malaysia's board of directors chairman Tan Sri Datuk Sri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

CYBERJAYA: Cybersecurity is important in the digital economy era and can be strengthened through collaborations among industry players, believes CyberSecurity Malaysia. 

As a starting point, the national cybersecurity body launched the CyberSecurity Malaysia Collaboration Programme (CCP), a public-private partnership that targets Malaysian registered companies that provide cybersecurity products and services, banding them to work together to deliver improved cybersecurity measures in the country. 

According to CyberSecurity Malaysia, our nation is among the top three Asean countries expected to contribute to 75% of cybersecurity services market share by the year 2025.  

Market researcher International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts Malaysia’s security services market will grow from RM1bil in 2016 to RM2.5bil by 2021. 

“We initiated CCP after receiving feedback from the industry on the need of a concerted effort between the government and industry to expand the network among local cybersecurity players through collaborative projects and to develop a skilled workforce,” said CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.  

CCP partners will reportedly benefit from community networking, capacity development programmes, capability development support as well as business opportunities. 

CCP is in line with the Malaysia CyberSecurity Resilience Programme (MyCSRP), an initiative by CyberSecurity Malaysia under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) to improve national cybersecurity. 

The programme starting this year will reportedly be implemented in the 12th Malaysia Plan (RMK12). 

CCP was launched by KKMM Secretary-General (Operations) Tan Chuan Ou during CyberSecurity Malaysia’s appreciation ceremony where the Star Media Group bagged two awards for its coverage and news reports on cybersecurity issues. 

The Star received the Most Supportive Media (Newspaper) For Year 2018 and the Most Supportive Media (Online Media) For Year 2018 awards. This also marked the third consecutive year The Star won the awards in these categories. 

“Cybersecurity is one of our top topics, especially with the numerous data breaches last year.  

“We have a duty to keep our readers informed and armed with timely information, so they can do all that’s needed to stay safe online,” said The Star Lifestyle Technology editor Madhavan M. 

Several Malaysian organisations were also awarded for their role in disseminating information and educating the community about cybersecurity’s best practices, new cyber threat trends and current issues during 2018. 

To apply for the CyberSecurity Collaboration Programme, visit ccp.cybersecurity.my.