KUALA LUMPUR: Cybersecurity Malaysia (CSM) celebrated the media’s role in educating the public on staying safe online by presenting The Star with two awards.
The Star received the 2019 CSM Media Appreciation award in the newspaper category in recognition of its news and educational articles on cybersecurity best practices, cyber threat trends and current security issues.
During the event, The Star senior writer Yuen Meikeng also received the Most Supportive Journalist 2019 award. This is the second time she is getting the award, having received the Most Supportive Journalist 2017 award previously.
Due to the pandemic, the ceremony was deferred from last December to April this year.
The ceremony is part of CSM’s Cyber Security Awareness For Everyone outreach programme, which aims to encourage extensive and accurate media coverage on cybersecurity developments.
CSM chairman General (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Azumi Mohamed said the media plays a crucial role in sharing information about efforts taken to strengthen the cybersecurity industry in Malaysia.
“These initiatives need to be broadcasted widely through various media channels, as many Malaysian Internet users are too naive and blase about cybersecurity and are easily scammed,” he said.
CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab said keeping a cordial relationship with the media is one of the agency’s key goals in shaping a conducive online ecosystem.