Pikom’s Future of Cybersecurity conference aims to address critical cybersecurity threats


  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019

Ganesh Kumar says that organisations must work towards minimising their exposure to cyber threats.

Best cybersecurity practises should increase in tandem with the usage of technology, says Pikom chairman Ganesh Kumar Bangah.

Citing a report by the Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT), Ganesh Kumar shared that more than 10,000 cybersecurity attacks on corporations and individuals were recorded last year, showing that cybersecurity is clearly a big concern in this country.

“The more we use technology, the bigger the threat that we could face. The impact of cyberattacks can be devastating and even irreparable, ” he adds.

Some of the reports included fraud, intrusion, malicious code and cyber harassment.

The key to elevate national cybersecurity is awareness and Pikom, the national tech association of Malaysia, is organising the inaugural Future of Cybersecurity 2019 conference this month. Themed “Catch Me If You Can” the conference aims to address the cybersecurity threats that are capable of crippling organisations, infrastructure and even countries.

A joint effort between the public and private sector, the conference will act as a platform for relevant agencies to share best cybersecurity practices.

Pikom Cybersecurity Chapter chair Alex Liew adds that Future of Cybersecurity will also highlight opportunities in the industry and the role 5G will play in shaping the future of cybersecurity.

This will address the pressing need for private and public sectors to work closely with academia, and the industry to reach the national target of employing 10,500 cybersecurity professional by 2020 with the right training in artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and Big Data across all industries, says Liew.

The event is targeted towards C-level information security officers, cybersecurity heads and industry chiefs from large corporations to SMEs and startups.

Pikom Cybersecurity Chapter deputy chair Alex Loh believes that a conference like this acts as a timely reminder for businesses to be aware of their cybersafety.

“It’s just like road safety campaigns. We have had them for years but we still need them today. A cybersecurity conference will help businesses to be on the lookout for upcoming, and ever increasing threats,” Loh adds.

The conference is sponsored by industry partners like Fortinet, Cisco, Cloudflare, and is supported by the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA), Cyber Security Malaysia and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

The Future of Cybersecurity will be held from 8am to 5pm on June 20 at the Connexion Conference and Exhibition Centre (CCEC) at The Vertical in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.

To register as a delegate, visit pikom.org.my.

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