Celcom teams up with CyberSecurity Malaysia to ramp up digital security

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  • Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019

Idham (left) and Amirudin believe that the partnership is the right step towards strengthening cybersecurity in Malaysia. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

Celcom Axiata Bhd is taking no chances with cybersecurity, partnering with CyberSecurity Malaysia to better protect its enterprise and customers' personal data.

Celcom CEO Idham Nawawi believes that through the partnership, the organisations can exchange information on threats, which can be used to improve cyberattack readiness and prevention measures.

They will also be jointly developing telecommunications security capabilities, as well as explore opportunities in the field of IoT (Internet of Things) security.

"We aim to play a vital role in the development of cybersecurity capabilities across vertical industries, further strengthening Malaysia's security in cyberspace," he said at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Celcom and CyberSecurity Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

At the event, Idham also announced that the telco is in the midst of opening a second security operations centre (SOC) in its headquarters in Petaling Jaya, and Idham believes that it is a necessary move.

"We are responsible to provide uninterruptible service to our customers. Customers' data protection and security are our utmost priority," he said.

Celcom will also expand its Security Test Lab, a centre dedicated to establishing the security of all products that the company offers and purchases.

CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab said that public-private partnerships such as this are important to address national cybersecurity.

"This MoU aims to develop a mutual relationship, which both entities can leverage their respective knowledge, experience and capabilities in elation to the provision of cybersecurity solutions in Malaysia," he said.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, the national cybersecurity specialist, is under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

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