KUALA LUMPUR: The unity government is committed to forging more partnerships across the public and private sectors to combat cybercrimes, said Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil (pic).
Fahmi said public-private partnerships or PPP is one of the most effective way to combat cybercrimes as it’s formed from a synergistic and neutral platform where cyber security industry players and government can work closely, thus empowering a swifter response to a cyber-attack.
“The partnership between the government and the industry needs to continuously evolve, build trust, being open to challenges, sharing data as effectively as possible.
“We are actively working with partners from industry players to warn and respond to incidents, and offer guidance as well as training to our community to stay safe online,” he said.
The minister said this during his speech at the Malaysia Cyber Security Awards Gala Dinner 2023 in conjuction with the Cyber Defence and Security Asia (DSA) Expo and Conference 2023 here on Thursday (Aug 16).
Also present were Deputy Communication and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching and CSM’s chairman of the board Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.
Fahmi also said cyber security will continue to be the cornerstone and critical prerequisite for Malaysia’s digital economic prowess.
“We must integrate cyber security into the very fabric of these innovations, ensuring that security measures are not an afterthought but an intrinsic component of design and implementation.
“For instance, as of July this year, CSM (CyberSecurity Malaysia) has received 3,327 reported cyber incidents with fraud making up the bulk at 62 per cent of the threats year to date,” he said.
Speaking on the development of the 5G network rollout in Malaysia, Fahmi said the initiative has achieved 66.8% coverage of populated areas as of July 2023.
He said the current state shows that the ministry is on the right track to achieve the target of 80% 5G network coverage by year-end.
– The Star