CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM)
has had a splendid fiscal year, winning many different awards including
OpenGov’s Recognition of Excellence award. They have taken numerous
initiatives in ensuring a safe cyberspace. We spoke to Dato’ Dr Amirudin,
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CSM to gain insight into how they have gained
their traction in the tech-industry in Malaysia.
The 2018 cybersecurity
index by ITU has named Malaysia the third
most cyber secure Nation in the world. CSM had a big role to play to play in
achieving this. They have rolled out many initiatives in the past year to
ensure that Malaysia’s networks are safeguarded.
Dr Amirudin highlighted
that while cyber security tools can always be upgraded to keep up with the
changing technical landscapes, they are not sufficient in protecting entire
companies and networks from cyber security threats.
Cyber criminals these
days are becoming even more devious and undetectable. They wreak havoc with
catastrophic consequences for businesses. A large-sized organization in
Malaysia can possibly incur an economic loss of US$22.8 million from
cyberattacks. This amount is set to increase exponentially as technology
continues to advance.
The best way to keep
pace with the security threats from the rapid advancements of technology is to
deploy modern adaptive cybersecurity solutions that are able to utilise
predictive detection techniques.
Dr Amirudin highlighted
that while technical cybersecurity tools can provide temporary protection from
immediate and potent attacks, they are not a sustainable means of protecting
entire networks from the perennially evolving cybersecurity threats.
Organisations need to be fortified from within. To do this, they have to ensure
that three main elements are impregnable. These three elements are: People,
Processes and Technology.
The weakest link in the
security chain is still the “people”. Insider threats accounts for nearly 84%
of cybersecurity breaches in organisations. Studies have shown that people
underestimate the rate at which technology evolves, causing them to have the
false belief that they are already resilient to cyberattacks.
This is one of the
reasons why Cyber Security Malaysia came up with the CyberSAFE programme. This
is an awareness, programme aiming to raise awareness about the technical issues
that internet users face. The programme aims to reach out to people of all
walks of life including, school children, adults, working adults and even
The programme has had a
stellar success rate especially when it comes to reaching out to children as
they are the most vulnerable to cyberattacks. Courses have been conducted to
educate both children as well as their school teachers to ensure that they are
not only aware but have knowledge on how to react when faced with a
cyberattack. Over 230 100 students have attended the CyberSAFE programme.
Despite their incredible
penetration rate, CSM is continuing to look for ways to make the programme more
holistic. The programme is conducted in many different ways and through many
different platforms to capture interest and make it more attractive.
Since the CyberSAFE
programme is a preventive measure aimed at protecting digital citizens from
cyberattacks, it has to be interesting and engaging so that people retain the
message of what has been taught. CSM is therefore working on ways that they can
achieve this retention rate.