In direct response to the growing global threat of cybercrime, PIKOM, The National ICT Association of Malaysia has announced the formation of its Cyber Security Chapter. The main objective of the new Chapter is to raise awareness on the various aspects of cyber security within the public and private sectors in Malaysia, and to advise the government on the formulation of policies to combat against cyber threats.
A PIKOM councillor representing Glocomp, Alex Liew, will helm the Cyber Security Chapter, while former PIKOM chairman, Woon Tai Hai of BDO has been appointed as Advisor. Committee members include leading industry players such as Glocomp, Symantec, Trend Micro, Dimension Data, Cisco, Fireeye, F-Secure and LGMS. PIKOM also hopes to welcome more members, both individuals and organisations, as the Chapter gains momentum and recognition in the coming years.
PIKOM Chairman, Chin Chee Seong said, “With the vast growth of digital transformation, digital economy and eCommerce, cybersecurity must be regarded as a critical business factor. Cyber-attacks are the new means used by criminals to cripple organisations and critical infrastructures as well as “attack” countries. The devastating effects include financial loss, data loss and irreparable damage to reputation and credibility. Hence, PIKOM is taking this issue very seriously. We aim to heighten awareness and to work with all stakeholders towards the creation of a robust cybersecurity framework for Malaysia.”
Among the other important objectives of the Chapter include the propagation of security best practices through CIO engagement across industry vectors. To mitigate the severe lack of cyber security talent in the industry, the Chapter will also be engaging local universities and colleges to help nurture infosecurity talent and promote career prospects in infosecurity. According to Chin, a steady talent pipeline is of great importance amidst the global shortage of cyber security professionals. The supply of qualified talent is crucial to building the overall cyber security framework or infrastructure for the country.
He added, “Recent experiences show that no one can be safe as cyber security threats do not discriminate. Any enterprise or entity can be a victim, hence protection is the best means to achieve prevention. Identification and incident response is crucial. Our industry experience and expertise - drawn from over a thousand member companies gives us valuable insight to help companies especially in the strategic area of policy and decision making”.
The new Chapter will be governed in line with the PIKOM Constitution, with members deciding on strategies and programmes whilst PIKOM will serve as its Secretariat. This is PIKOM’s second new chapter for 2017 after the formation of its eCommerce Chapter in January 2017.