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Led by CyberSecurity Malaysia, CERT teams from 11 countries prepare for rising cyber threats

AvantiKumar | Aug. 10, 2015
OIC-CERT has successfully conducted the 2015 global coalition exercise.

Dr Amirudin, CEO Cybersecurity Malaysia 

Photo - Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, Chief Executive Officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia


CyberSecurity Malaysia, as Permanent Secretariat of The Organisation for Islamic Cooperation - Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT), successfully conducted OIC-CERT 2015 Cyber Drill, which is a global coalition exercise to help prepare for increasing cyber threats.

Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of national cyber security specialist agency CyberSecurity Malaysia, said the agency led the drill, themed Global Alliance for Cyber Green Achievement this year, which involved 12 CERT teams from 11 countries (Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mongolia, Egypt and Ghana).

The objective of the drill, which was the 4th OIC-CERT Cyber Drill, was to measure the response and capabilities of Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), said Dr Amirudin.

 It was aimed at enhancing the cooperation and communication among member countries and to check the workability of their processes and procedures in handling incident locally and internationally, he said.
 During the 5-hour exercise, participants were challenged with scenarios involving watering hole attack and ransomware, said Dr Amirudin, who added that the exercise involved members from three international cyber security platforms namely the OIC-CERT, Africa Computer Emergency Response Team (AfricaCERT) and the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT).

Trust and communication

"This exercise has marked another achievement as it continues to strengthen the trust and communication amongst CERTs in mitigating cyber threats and protecting the cyber space," said OIC-CERT chairman, Badar Ali Al-Salehi of Oman National CERT.

"This is indeed pertinent in responding to the rising number of cyber threats," he said.  "These achievements are made possible through the participating teams from various countries that muster together to become a strong force, to protect and mitigate any potential cyber threat that is ever evolving in the expanding digital world. In addition, this exercise has increased the participating teams' skills, knowledge, experiences related to cyber protection and incidences."

CyberSecurity Malaysia's Dr Amirudin, said, "The drill has successfully contributed to the readiness of the respective teams in facing of cyber incidents. The impact from such incident varies especially when it involves advanced malicious software and high profile technology."

"It is crucial to rise above various jurisdictions and transcend beyond vast networks within the digital world, to forge partnership and establishing strategic alliances among CERT teams to counter imminent cyber threat," he said.

Established 2009, OIC-CERT provides a platform for member countries to explore and to develop collaborative cyber security initiatives. To date, OIC-CERT has 35 members from 21 OIC countries.


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