More Cyber Security Specialists Needed, Says Agency

Bernama (16 May 2013)

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (Bernama) There is still room for improvement to beef up human capital development in the cyber security industry, said CyberSecurity Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.

There are only 3,045 certified cyber security specialists in Malaysia, a ratio of 1 to 9,600 to the population.

“When it comes to cyber security, you need something extra. We have certification programmes to boost the competency of the professionals. It is a growing industry,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after announcing the Cyber Security Malaysia awards, conference and exhibition 2013 (CSM-ACE 2013) today.

“We recently had a memorandum of agreement with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, we launched the first Masters programme in Cyber Cecurity in this country.

“They are going to start classes next month,” he added.

Themed “Securing Cyberspace for Economic Growth”, CSM-ACE 2013 will be held on Nov 13-14 at the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur.

Amirudin said CSM-ACE 2013 is expected to draw 300 industry players including corporate leaders, chief information security officers, law enforcement officers and information security managers.

“This year, we add CyberSAFE Programme as one of the activities to focus on educating Malaysian internet users on the importance of cyber security and to inculcate positive use of the internet,” he said.

The CyberSAFE programme is a CyberSecurity Malaysia initiative to enhance public awareness of the technological and social issues facing internet users, particularly the dangers of getting online.

Reference: http://www.cybersecurity.org.my/en/knowledge_bank/news/2013/main/detail/2287/index.html

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