CyberSecurity Malaysia: Digital literacy part of preventive measures

The rm has not received any recent reports on pseudo- ransomware attacks in Malaysia, says chairman

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As Malaysia tightens its cyber security defences, web users should hone in on their digital skills to combat rising cyber security crimes, said CyberSecurity Malaysia.

“Although the government is at the forefront in making sure ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Not-Petya do not occur again, Internet users have to educate themselves on the digital spectrum,” CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman General (R) Tan Sri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed said during a media briefing on the upcoming IFSEC South-East Asia 2017 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“By educating ourselves with the boon and bane of what the Internet is capable of, we will be more aware of cyber threats,” he said.

Mohd Azumi said by realising the destructiveness of cyber attacks, users will learn to avoid taking actions that could result in greater damage.

“The attacks usually come disguised, so a simple action such as not opening an email from suspicious sender counts as initial preventive measures.”

He confirmed that Cyber-Security Malaysia has not received any recent reports on pseudo-ransomware attacks in Malaysia.

The Global Cybersecurity Index 2017, a survey on countries’ commitment to cyber security, noted that one in every 131 emails sent were malicious and seemed to be the weapon of choice in cyber attacks.

Mohd Azumi said the increasing data leakage incidents signalled the proliferation of cyber security attacks and the relevancy of a cyber defence mechanism.

The cyber security market — covering various types of digital security — is expected to grow from US$137.85 billion (RM591.38 billion) this year to US$231.94 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 11%.

“Cyber security defence is becoming more apparent with this malicious menace that has taken down several organisations. Thus, our involvement in this year’s IFSEC event shows our commitment in creating a secure and safe cyber space environment.

“It also reflects the importance of continued collaboration and cooperation between the public and private sectors,” he said.

The IFSEC South-East Asia 2017 exhibition will showcase current technologies and updated solutions in the security and safety sector.

The three-day event is set to draw over 350 global companies in the safety and security field exhibiting their products with more than 10,000 professional visitors.

Scheduled to take place from Sept 6-8, the event will be held at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

In its fifth year running, the event will showcase drones for the first time, where companies and operators will be highlighting the integration of drone technology into the security and safety sectors.

Organised by United Business Media (M) Sdn Bhd, the event will also provide business matching sessions.

There will also be a two-day maiden security conference named “Conference Perdana”, touching on topics such as automation, drone technology and emergency response conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Security Services Association of Malaysia and Asian Professional Security Association Malaysia.

More than 2,000 professionals are expected to participate in the conference — which will include panel discussions and dialogue sessions with the Ministry of Home Affairs and a keynote address by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.