Photo - A tripartite technical partnership between CyberSecurity Malaysia and MIT Korea, witnessed by Malaysia's MOSTI Minister YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau (second from left), should strengthen digital forensic services such as data recovery, and data sanitisation.
A tripartite technical partnership between digital security agency CyberSecurity Malaysia and MIT Korea has bolstered Malaysia's MyCyberSecurity Clinic initiative, which is to offer digital forensic services such as data recovery, and data sanitisation to government agencies, private companies and to the public.
The agreement involving CyberSecurity Malaysia, Myung Information Technologies of South Korea (MIT Korea) and Myung Inovasi Terkini (Myung Malaysia) was witnessed by Malaysia's MOSTI Minister YB Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau (18 July 2017) at MIT Korea's headquarters located in Ochang, Chongbook Province of South Korea.
First opened in June 2014, MyCyberSecurity Clinic (MyCSC) is an initiative by CyberSecurity Malaysia to bring "trustworthy and convenient digital forensic services to Malaysia." At the time, CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Dato' Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab (centre in above picture) told Computerworld Malaysia that "Two areas that are vital for MyCSC operations have also been identified for future expansion - the development of technical capability and capacity as well as the physical repair of damaged hard disks."
MyCSC would grow through a chain of entrepreneur-managed service centres with the objective of recovering their information assets from damaged hard drives, he said. Members of the public and businesses that suffer data loss will be able to visit the nearest CyberClinic and hand over their damaged hard drive, and receive their recovered data with confidentiality.
The MOSTI minister congratulated CyberSecurity Malaysia, MIT Korea and MyCyberSecurity Clinic, adding that "Data recovery may seem on the surface to be an insignificant issue, especially when we compare it against global problems such as climate change, sustaining economic growth or the constant cyber-attacks but it is often the smallest things that bring the greatest joy into our lives. Only in their absence do we realise the value from saved photographs, emails, contacts and documents possess."
How the new agreement works
Under the agreement, MIT Korea and Myung Malaysia will provide expertise from their respective service portions, which include technical, consulting, technical management support as well as training services.
Malaysia will benefit from the transfer of technology, information from Korea as MIT Korea and Myung Malaysia will supply CyberSecurity Malaysia with the relevant technical knowledge to enable the data recovery and hard disk repair services. CyberSecurity Malaysia will retain and use the technical information and any ideas, concepts, techniques obtained during the course of the two-year, renewable partnership.
According to CyberSecurity Malaysia's chairman of Board of Directors, General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed (Retired) (4th from left in above picture), "In this digital age we keep our data in digital format, be it an important business data or a personal such as business contract and memorable photos from past family vacations. Loss of data can bring not only inconvenience and huge emotional implications but also monetary loss to the businesses."
"Hence, Data Recovery is sometimes called a lifesaver because of its significance in retrieving vital information assets for a business or an individual." "With Myung, we have found a friend that understands how important it is for CyberSecurity Malaysia to provide the Malaysian public and organizations with advanced data recovery technology and techniques. With more than 300,000 recovered hard drives, Myung has the technical sophistication and market reach that we would want to emulate in Malaysia." he added.
CyberSecurity Malaysia runs the country's CERT, known as the Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) and holds the permanent secretariat position for the organisation of CERTs among the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries or OIC-CERT. CyberSecurity Malaysia also sits in the steering committee of the Asia Pacific CERT (APCERT). CyberSecurity Malaysia co-founded both OIC-CERT and APCERT. At present, CyberSecurity Malaysia is the chair of the World Trustmark Alliance, which consists of 30 members from all over the world.
CyberSecurity Malaysia's chief executive officer Dato' Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab again opened Computerworld's Malaysia Security Summit earlier this year. [See - Combatting cyberattacks with a strategic mind set: Computerworld Malaysia 11th Security Summit)
For more information about MyCSC, see:
- First cybersecurity clinic opens under Malaysia MyCSC initiative
- Data recovery expertise from South Korea will help Malaysia
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