Malaysian Reserve: National cyber defence policy are needed in Malaysia

News March 15, 2018

Interview with The Malaysian Reserve for National cyber defence policy

LGMS Services Sdn Bhd CEO Fong Choong Fook claimed many government-related systems are easily breached by hackers and they are open to abuse internally, resulting to a number of breaches and data security incidents. Thus, Malaysia needs a national cyber defence policy.  Malaysia needs a comprehensive national policy on cyber defence to confront the growing rise of cyberattacks, terrorism and data theft, which can compromise the country’s security, critical data and infrastructure.

Fong said some government agencies do not have an active defence to fend cyber threats and in fact have less protection on data compared to the private sector.

“This makes them easy target for attackers,” he told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

He said the situation is worsened as there is no clear policy on data security reporting covering all agencies and cybersecurity standards vary from one agency to another.

Three months before that, online portal also exposed a breach of data belonging to the Malaysian Medical Council, the Malaysian Medical Association and the Malaysian Dental Association involving sensitive information linked to MyKad numbers, work and residential addresses. In what was assumed to be the biggest data breach, information of 46.2 million telcommunication users in the country was offered for sale on the Internet.

Furthermore, Fong said these incidents amplified the need for a nationwide initiative and he proposed for a national policy on cyber defence.

“Now that we have established the National Cyber Security Agency, I hope that it will promote cybersecurity efforts among government agencies and work together with experts from the private sector to improve the situation,” he said.

In conclusion, He added that the accountability of government agencies, from a legal perspective, is not properly defined as the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 does not cover public entities.

Full article from themalaysianreserve


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