KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 – Malaysia calls for the nations to work together by proposing three measures in a bid to ward off the rising threat of the cyber-attacks since cyber security remains a challenging, complex and unresolved problem in many aspects.
Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum outlined the measures, namely reorientation of the design philosophy of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems, establishment of inter-disciplinary centres and providing leadership by example. On reorientation of the design philosophy of ICT systems, Johari said the focus should be on cyber defence systems, to ensure all computing systems reflect reliance as an inherent quality.
“There is a need for inter-disciplinary centres that connect academia, the private sector, national laboratories and the government, not just in terms of sharing information, but also offering innovative and creative solutions. The defence and security community must provide leadership by example, develop partnerships, as well as provide support to the national and global efforts in meeting cyber security challenges to the defence and security domains,” he said.
The proposal was mooted during his keynote address at the Cyber Security Conference in conjunction with the 15th Defence Services Asia exhibition and conferences here, Wednesday. Elaborating further, Johari said cyber space was becoming an operational domain for the military not only for operations within national borders but also overseas deployments such as peacekeeping operations and peace-enforcement operations.
Thus, the military must develop skills and knowledge to utilize the cyber domain to its optimum and free of interference, he said. He said any compromise or attack on the cyber domain that manages the Network Centric Operations, would have disastrous consequences for the defence and military operations of the nation.
On Malaysia’s cyber security threats, he said Cyber Security Malaysia reported 11,900 cases last year compared to 1,038 cases in 2007, comprising intrusion, intrusion attempt, fraud, cyber harassment, spam and attempts to hack into sensitive sites of government agencies, including Defence Ministry. The Asia’s biggest defence show has gathered industry players from across 60 countries, as well as, trade visitors from 77 countries.