UUM-CYBERSECURITY MALAYSIA PACT TO STRENGTHEN NATIONAL CYBER DEFENCE
UUM ONLINE: Kuala Lumpur - To ensure the security of the national cyberspace, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and CyberSecurity Malaysia established a strategic partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the Office of CyberSecurity Malaysia in Seri Kembangan, yesterday.
UUM was represented by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, and CyberSecurity Malaysia, by Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, the Chief Executive Officer.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the cooperation would benefit UUM given the expertise possessed by the cyber security specialists under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
He said that UUM, through its School of Computing (SoC), had collaborated with CyberSecurity Malaysia long before the signing of the agreement.
"We have often shared our expertise and experience for our mutual benefit.
"Cyber threats and attacks are not just limited to virus attacks and malware. In fact, they go beyond those to cause businesses to incur losses amounting to billions of Ringgit, as well as to threaten the economy and the social and political stability of the nation," he said.
He added that individuals and communities were not spared from cyber threats.
He added further that the latest development in ICT, such as the use of Internet of Things Security and Cloud Security for the purposes of cyber espionage and warfare, had made cyber security issues increasingly complex and more challenging.
"Thus, the smart partnership between UUM and CyberSecurity Malaysia is the answer to this problem.
"UUM is willing to cooperate in research activities, curriculum development, and strengthening the expertise of UUM academics in the field of cyber security," he said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Amirudin said that the collaborative link forged between CyberSecurity Malaysia and UUM was one of the proactive and innovative measures taken to provide for a dynamic national cyber defence preparedness in line with the current cyber threat scenarios.
According to him, CyberSecurity Malaysia would cooperate through the provision of specialised technical services to UUM in addition to upholding the universityâ€™s research programme, which included operational and fundamental research, thus, at one fell swoop, contributing to the strengthening of national cyber security.
"All parties should be at one and work together in efforts to enhance the security of our cyberspace, which is increasingly at risk of cyber attacks from unscrupulous parties.
"UUMâ€™s willingness to establish this cooperation proves that academic organisations do respond and share in shouldering the responsibility of defending the ramparts, as it were, of the nationâ€™s cyber security," he said.
Also present at the event were senior officials from MOSTI, CyberSecurity Malaysia, and UUM.