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How CyberSecurity Malaysia industry certification helped win 3rd place ranking: Global CyberSecurity Index 2017

AvantiKumar | July 22, 2017
CyberSecurity Malaysia’s cyber-threat landscape and local initiatives to counter surging cyber-attacks include international industry certification.

ISCB Certificate 2017 - CyberSecurity Malaysia

Photo - Some industry recipients of International Certificate Body (ISCB) awards in Malaysia


  Digital security agency CyberSecurity Malaysia's third edition its International Certificate Body (ISCB) awards is an integral part of its cyber-threat landscape and local initiatives to counter surging cyber-attacks, it said.

During the ceremony held in Putrajaya (20 July 2017), which included senior officials from the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), the deputy minister YB Datuk Wira Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah commended the efforts leading  to Malaysia's third place ranking of 193 countries' cybersecurity commitment and preparedness in the recent Global CyberSecurity Index (GCI) 2017 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). 

As 2017 is also CyberSecurity Malaysia's 20th anniversary, the agency's chairman YAB General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi bin Mohamed (Retired) touched on many of the agency's milestones  including its consistently high GCI ranking. 

"Between 2012 and 2016, CyberSecurity Malaysia received a total of 50,789 cybersecurity incident reports," said Mohd Azumi. "To counter today's increasing threats, it is crucial that we continue to provide certification and cybersecurity accreditation services to build better trust, increase competitiveness and operational capabilities."

"We must not live on our past laurels but move forward always," he added. "CyberSecurity Malaysia plans to intensify our efforts in the coming months to encourage more local companies to secure international ICT certification- especially in the light of escalating global cyber-threats such as the recent WannaCry and Petya-variant ransomware and DDOS attacks."

Certificates were presented to 12 Malaysian organisations that had successfully completed Common Criteria ISO/IEC 15408, Information Security Management System (ISMS) ISO/IEC 27001 and Malaysia Trustmark Service for e-business validation.

Pushing Malaysia up through rankings

During last year's ISCB ceremony (22 March 2017), MOSTI minister Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau said a resilient cyber security ecosystem will help to push Malaysia further up the value chain.

This was echoed by CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman YAB General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi bin Mohamed (Retired) in his address: "To improve the standard and sustainability of quality of life, cyber security evaluation and certification conducted by a recognised body like CyberSecurity Malaysia is seen as a key requirement to contribute to public serenity through reduction of the cybercrime rate, and ensure information is adequately protected."

"CyberSecurity Malaysia's three certification services - MyCC Scheme, CSM27001 Scheme, and Malaysia Trustmark - are proactive and adaptive approach where continuous monitoring and evaluation shall be done due to the ever-expanding technological advances which invite cyber security risks," Mohd Azumi said.


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