More than 300 industry delegates are expected to attend the third annual CyberSecurity Malaysia Awards & Exhibition (CSM-ACE) 2012, organised by national IT security agency CyberSecurity Malaysia.
The two-day event, which includes the CyberSecurity Malaysia awards, will be held from 6 to 7 November at the Double Tree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the World Innovation Forum Kuala Lumpur (WIFKL) 2012.
Acting chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Zahri Hj Yunos, said the event, themed 'Cyber Security Risk & Compliance for Economic Transformation', is to increase the awareness of mandatory compliance of information-security standards as well as to provide a strategic platform for government agencies to get information on info-security standards.
"The event forms part of the National Transformation Programme under the Strategic Reform Initiative (SRI) to conduct trade events and business match-making opportunities of which the development is spearheaded by PEMANDU, a unit under the Prime Minister's Department," said Zahri.
"For CSM-ACE 2012, our key objective is to nurture a strong culture of cyber security awareness especially among ICT users particularly in the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) sectors," he said. "We also want to educate and strengthen Malaysia's self-reliance in terms of technology standard and compliance."
"The alarming rise of premeditated attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and Advance Persistent Threats (APT), with potentially catastrophic effects to interdependent network and information systems across the globe has demanded that significant attention is paid to critical information infrastructure protection initiatives," said Zahri. "There were 7,905 reported cyber security incidents (Jan - Sep 2012). APTs are not easily detected by traditional security systems, placing government, enterprise small business and even personal computers at risk."
Security as a growth sector
Zahri said: "There are 10 Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) sectors under the National Cyber Security Policy, namely: National Defence & Security, Banking & Finance, Information & Communication, Energy, Transportation, Water, Health Services, Government, Emergency Services, and Food & Agriculture."
"As a result of the recent National Transformation Program, cyber security field has been identified as a potential sector for growth. Through the adoption and compliance of cyber security standards, the nation's cyber risks are mitigated, thus fuelling economic activities, creating job and business opportunities for the local IT industry," he said.
The major highlight of CSM-ACE 2012 is the conferment of Malaysia Cyber Security Awards to recognise highly talented information security professionals, homegrown SMEs and global organisations for their outstanding contribution in 2011. The awards are expected to further encourage innovation, commitment, and foster strategic alliances within the local security and ICT industry. This year, Deloitte Malaysia has been appointed as the official awards evaluator.
CSM-ACE 2012 also features three conference tracks namely Governance, Standard & Compliance; Technical; and Business Continuity Management. HeiTech Managed Services is the official partner for Track 3 on Business Continuity Management. Over 300 delegates from the region and overseas are expected to attend.
Meanwhile, CSM-ACE 2012 exhibition will showcase local and international exhibitors on ICT security products and solutions. A special pavilion is also set up to highlight innovative ICT developers that have secured Common Criteria (ISO15408) certificates issued via Malaysia Common Criteria Evaluation & Certification (MyCC) scheme. Common Criteria certification ensures that a product complies with globally accepted standards and assurance requirements.
Business continuity - a vital part of cybersecurity preparedness
Track 3, entitled Business Continuity Management for Economic Transformation, is managed by HeiTech Managed Services, is also an important aspect of cyber security preparedness, said Zahri.
"As we live in a connected and 'flat' world, any disaster that happens in one country or company may have a ripple effect on the final product," said HeiTech Padu director of disaster recovery & infrastructure management, Fong Chiok Hin.
"The floods in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011 represented the worst crisis in 70 years and impacted the prices for hard disk drive (hdd), which have risen abnormally high due to severe shortage for manufacturers to produce items like cameras, servers, notebooks and tablets," said Fong. "The Thailand floods have also led to severe shortage of automobile parts and idled production of many car models, which caused cuts in full-year profit forecasts, as well as delaying the delivery of cars to others countries for automakers."
"As governments and regulators began to recognise the role of business continuity in mitigating the effects of disruptive incidents, they increasingly sought to gain assurance that key players have appropriate business arrangement," he said.
"Similarly, business recognised their dependence on each other and sought assurance that key suppliers and partners would continue to provide key products and services," said Fong. "It is timely that a recognised standard [the ISO 22301 : 2012 Societal security - Business Continuity management systems] was launched in May 2012, which can be used by organisations of all sizes and types to demonstrate they can continue their business in the event of a disaster."
For more information and registration, which is complimentary, please visit - www.csm-ace.my
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