The original article was originally published by INTI News at https://newinti.edu.my/weathering-the-cybercrime-wave/
“Cybercriminals have already been on the go since the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced COVID-19 as a pandemic. These cybercriminals are exploiting public fear and the pandemic’s uncertainty to map out their phishing attacks. Currently, we are seeing various kinds of phishing e-mails with malware titled ‘Covid-19 Cure’ and ‘Latest Covid-19 alert’ entrapping general computer users,” shared cyber security expert, Mr. Fong Choong-Fook, Chief Executive Officer of LE Global Services Sdn Bhd (LGMS) about the impact of COVID-19 towards the spike in cybercrimes happening lately.
“Even smaller organisations are now starting to take cybersecurity more seriously compared to few years ago. We are now seeing an uptrend in new investments such as purchasing softwares and hardwares in relation to cybersecurity,” answered Mr. Fong when asked about initiatives companies are taking to curb cybercrime activities.
Mr. Fong added, “The pandemic has definitely accelerated the importance of cybersecurity. Organisations should continuously alert their employees on the risk of exposure, making them aware of how to identify cybersecurity risks and measures to take to respond, prevent, detect and report incidents when they happen.”
INTI International University & Colleges has collaborated with leading organisations to create an enriching experience for students through INTI’s recently launched Diploma in Computer Science (DCS) programme. LGMS, the largest specialized penetration testing firm in Malaysia, is one such industry partner who is collaborating with INTI to offer industry insights to students of the diploma programme.
“Through the module on cybersecurity that is part of INTI’s DCS programme, students would be able to identify and appreciate the applicability of cybersecurity in various aspects of their studies, as well as in real life as it covers a wide spectrum of information technologies. Students will also be able to identify the importance of cybersecurity in this programme,” said Mr. Shanmuga Sundram, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Australian Degree Programs about the incorporation of the cybersecurity module into the DCS programme.
INTI has also collaborated with Swinburne University of Technology to further offer students, Bachelor of Computer Science with a major in Cybersecurity this July onwards. Mr. Shan further explained, “Cybersecurity’s most important goal is the protection of information especially now when the COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges. It includes the aspects of keeping the networks that hold both personal and business information secure. Because cybersecurity encompasses the protection of a variety of digital assets, including data and information, systems, intellectual property and so forth, cybersecurity as an industry offers many different jobs and career paths such as security analyst, security software developer, cryptographer, security consultant, and cryptanalyst.”
Dr. Jane Lim, Chief Executive of INTI International College Subang shared, “Cybersecurity has become a part of the daily lives of corporations, governments, and, now with many working from home, a part of our home lives. The micro-credentialled modules that have been included into the Diploma in Computer Science programme will provide students early training for certifications in specialised fields such as cybersecurity. Students will be able to utilize this opportunity to look at education differently as these modules will expose them to rapidly changing industry trends. Amidst these challenging times, we are constantly working towards enabling education to be a continuous, experiential, and regularized process.”
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