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Prime Minister's Office Targets Infosecurity Threats
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Malaysia
Created: Nov 18, 2010

Malaysia is taking a harder line on security threats to critical national infrastructure, according to the Office of Prime Minister, including ensuring all government agencies are suitably prepared for possible cyber attacks.

Under Secretary, Cyber & Space Security Division, National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office, Mohammed Shah Nuri, said that there was a need to focus on “addressing the risks to critical infrastructure and establishing a comprehensive programme and responsibilities” for mitigation.

Since 2007 and the attack on Estonia, the attacking of critical infrastructure has become more obvious - most of their combined services went down for about three weeks,” he said.

We must prepare to protect our critical assets to ensure our services to the people do not suffer.”

The National Cyber Security Policy, devised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, was set up to safeguard the 10 sectors deemed critical to Malaysia in the event of a cyber attack including banking, healthcare, energy and transport.

Nuri said that more than 300 government agencies classified as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) would be required to meet Information Security Management System standards – the set of policies, processes and systems devised to manage risks to information assets - by 2013.

Head of Strategic Policy Research for Cyber Security Malaysia, Colonel Sazali Sukardi, said that threats such as the recent Stuxnet worm had woken governments up to the increasing threat of cyber security.

“Cyberspace has its own boundaries and it is a borderless society,” he said. “Globalisation has changed our lives and ICT, like any other technology, brings with it huge challenges.”

Delegates at the SecureGov Forum heard about the growing threat of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure in Malaysia and the efforts by government agencies to mitigate threats through effective governance and the infusion of a “culture of stability”.

Malaysia will take advantage of the growing online security market to position itself as a regional hub for cyber security with a surge in investment over the next 10 years, according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Under Secretary for the ICT Policy Division, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, said that the sector would grow from US$260 million in 2010 to US$5bn in 2020 as part of a sustained investment in research and development across the sector targeting local and international suppliers.

“You can see the threats increasing, not just in Malaysia but around the world,” he said.

“Cyber security is no longer something that can be ignored, but it is a new source of investment.

“Global cyber security companies are making Malaysia a hub in the region. We’re hoping to grow cyber security in the region, not just as protection and for security matters – but as an opportunity.”

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