National awareness plan on cyber security, cyber crime by year-end

Expected to be implemented in January 2020, the plan targets 4 groups children, youths, adults and parents as well as organisations

by BERNAMA / graphic by TMR

A NATIONAL awareness plan on the management of cyber security and cyber crime will be launched at the end of this year, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said yesterday.

She said the plan, which is being developed by the National Cyber Security Agency, is expected to be implemented in January 2020, targeting four groups — children, youths, adults and parents, as well as organisations.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also chairman of the E-Sovereignty Committee, said various parties were involved in developing the plan, including government agencies, the private sector, industries and non-governmental organisations.

The plan is an effort to address cyber threats comprehensively besides the National Cyber Security Strategy which is still being developed, she said.

“One of the things that we (the government) stress is the management of cyber security and we have the National Cyber Security Strategy…where we look at cyber attacks in other countries. This is important for us to protect the banking system and so on,” she told reporters in a special interview at her office in Parliament House in conjunction with the first anniversary of the Pakatan Harapan government.

The National Cyber Security Strategy, among others, covers the management of cyber incidences through an active cyber defence approach which outlines proactive, integrated action at every layer of system defence, and information and communications technology of the country.

Dr Wan Azizah said Malaysia is also aware that international collaboration is very important and necessary to improve the effectiveness of the management of cyber security and cyber crime.

She said among the initiatives that are being implemented is developing the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) Cyber Security Work Plan, which is a joint plan for cyber security among ARF member countries.

Dr Wan Azizah said Malaysia, together with Australia, has developed the “Cyber Point of Contact”, which is a database of the list of liaison officers in member countries, to get assistance and cooperation during cyber incidences. — Bernama