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CyberSecurity Malaysia appointed OIC-CERT permanent secretariat

AvantiKumar | Nov. 26, 2013
Announcement of new position was made during the 5th annual AGM of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation-Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) held recently in Indonesia.

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Photo - General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), Chairman of CyberSecurity Malaysia.

Malaysia's national cyber security specialist CyberSecurity Malaysia has been appointed as permanent secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation-Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) during its 5th annual general meeting held recently in Bandung, Indonesia.

Other expected changes in the OIC-CERT leadership included the ending of Malaysia as Chair after holding the position for the maximum two consecutive terms.  Following the election held during the AGM, Oman National CERT has been confirmed as the new Chair of the OIC-CERT for the term 2013-2015.

Seven members hold the position as Steering Committee of the OIC-CERT, namely Malaysia, Nigeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Tunisia.

The chair of OIC-CERT and director general of Oman National CERT, Badar Ali Al-Salehi, said, "During the 5th AGM, the meeting agreed to appoint Malaysia (represented by CyberSecurity Malaysia) as the Permanent Secretariat of the OIC-CERT. Meanwhile, General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), the Chairman of CyberSecurity Malaysia's Board of Directors has been appointed as the Advisor to the OIC-CERT."

CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman and advisor to the chair of the OIC-CERT, General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), said, "Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures are not only becoming more complex but also growing more rapidly than ever before; thus requiring more protection in terms of security and safety of both personal and commercial information assets."

"Furthermore, ICT infrastructures and their users are exposed to cyber attacks and other cyber security incidents, making it vital for everyone to work in concert to address cyber security and safety issues," Azumi said.

Malaysia has played a significant role

"Being the Chair for two consecutive terms from 2009 until 2013, Malaysia has played a significant role in bridging the gap between OIC-CERT and other cyber security organisations in the world such as the Asia Pacific CERT (APCERT) and the AfricaCERT," he said. "We are proud to accept the appointment as permanent Secretariat of the OIC-CERT, because we are always keen to proactively contribute to the continuous development of the OIC-CERT."

"We are very pleased and appreciative of the trust and confidence shown by the members of the OIC-CERT by appointing our Chairman as the Advisor and also appointing Malaysia as the permanent Secretariat to this prestigious organisation," said CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer, Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.

"We take the double appointment as recognition of CyberSecurity Malaysia's ability, expertise and experience in cyber security; and we are fully committed to shoulder the huge responsibilities and deliver the expectations in collaboration with all members. Let us all continue to make cyber security a key enabler in national socio-economic development and well-being, not only in Malaysia, but throughout the world, especially among the OIC member countries," said Dr Amirudin.

The event was officiated by Indonesia's minister of Communications and Information Technology, H.E. Tifatul Sembiring, and hosted by Indonesia Security Incident Response Team on Internet Infrastructure (Id-SIRTII/CC) and co-organised by CyberSecurity Malaysia.

Established in 2009, OIC-CERT, which comprises 23 CERTs and cyber security related agencies from 19 OIC member countries, provides a platform for member countries to develop collaborative initiatives and partnerships relating to cyber security.


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