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UK’s BAE Systems, CyberSecurity Malaysia extend partnership to build national security capability

AvantiKumar | May 27, 2016
The agreement between CyberSecurity Malaysia and BAE Systems has been extended for a further two years.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, BAE Systems extend partnership 2016 

Photo - (From left) CyberSecurity Malaysia CEO, Dr. Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab; and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence's Malaysia Country Manager Barry Johnson.


National security specialist agency CyberSecurity Malaysia and UK's defence, security and aerospace manufacturer BAE Systems have extended their partnership to support growth of Malaysia's cyber security industry for a further two years.

Under the new Memorandum of Agreement (MoU), BAE Systems and CyberSecurity Malaysia will continue to leverage respective knowledge, experience, and capabilities to develop the cyber security industry in Malaysia.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Dr Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab said one of the key priorities for the partnership was the continued development of cyber security capability and capacity in Malaysia. "National security and public safety are paramount to our daily operations. I am confident that our partnership with BAE Systems - an experienced and committed partner - will ensure Malaysia's interests in cyberspace are well-defended."

Also at the signing ceremony, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence's Malaysia Country Manager Barry Johnson said that to support this aim, BAE Systems has been providing CyberSecurity Malaysia with access to its specialist staff and laboratories for 'Common Criteria' product certification. The provision of this additional capacity has already proven successful - supporting the development of Cyber products in the local Malaysian market and enabling the certification of US-developed products in Malaysia.

Further areas of collaboration include National Response Capability in Malaysia; Advanced Security Monitoring Capabilities; a Consultancy to FIPS 140 accreditation activities and a national cryptography scheme development plan in Malaysia, said Johnson.

"Since establishing a cyber presence in Malaysia in 2013, BAE Systems has been committed to assisting both government agencies such as CyberSecurity Malaysia and commercial organisations improve their cyber and threat intelligence capabilities," he said.

"Given the ever increasing threat of cyber-attack, it is crucial to strengthen our approach and work proactively and collaboratively. We are pleased that the extension of the MoU will continue to support such efforts and help to ensure that Malaysia is sufficiently protected and prepared," said Johnson.

Recognised as Malaysia's 'Cyber Security Company of the Year 2014', BAE Systems has built up presence in Malaysia, with more than 350 employees at its Global Engineering Centre located in Kuala Lumpur. The centre focuses on global and local delivery and support for the company's cyber and financial crime detection services.


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