Cyber security strategy to provide direction on curbing cyber threats

Cyber crime is on the rise and during the Covid-19 outbreak, criminal groups took advantage of the situation, NACSA CEO says


THE Malaysia Cyber Security Strategy (MCSS) 2020-2024 is a comprehensive strategy to mitigate evolving cyber threats through an integrated approach and an effective model of public-private partnership.

The strategy, to be launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin next week, is formulated to control the growing cyber threat that has been plaguing the country in recent years, said National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) CEO Mohd Shah Nuri Md Zain.

“Indeed, cyber crime is on the rise and during the Covid-19 outbreak, criminal groups took advantage of the situation, which is why the strategy is important.

“The increase in cyber-related crimes is mainly due to the lack of consumer awareness. Which is why in the strategy, we will come out with a plan that is continuous and involving all parties,” he said after a briefing session in conjunction with the launch of the MCSS 2020-2024 recently.

The new MCSS has 12 strategies, 35 action plans and 113 programmes. Mohd Shah Nuri explained that the most common crime usually involves phone scams.

“By far the highest is phone scams, which is not much of cyber crime, but it does involve huge losses. Other than that, there are online fraud and love scams.

“We have outlined what we want to create in the 113 programmes, so that we can address the approach implemented by these criminals,” he said.

Meanwhile, National Security Council (MKN) DG Datuk Mohd Rabin Basir said confidential information should not be disclosed during video conferences, including by users of government agencies to prevent data theft.

He warned that as video conferences became an important communication platform during the Movement Control Order, it should be done with caution.

Mohd Rabin added that MKN through NACSA would always keep government agencies updated on new cyber threats.

“We work together between agencies, in the event of something related to a cyber incident; MKN itself will issue some briefings and share to raise awareness. We will deal with the incidents comprehensively.

“One of the things we want to spread in society is awareness. People need to know that this cyber issue starts with the simplest things such as phishing and will eventually cause harm to either a department or an institution,” he added.