On July 13, during the Malaysian parliament Question and Answer (Q&A) session, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions), Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, proposed to set up a digital platform to enhance cyber security capabilities.
The idea was mooted after an increase in hacking cases during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
The platform will be launched within the next five years.
The Minister revealed that “it is in the stage of developing it and it will be launched within five years. It will be created through the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU).”
In view of the Minister’s answer in Parliament, I would like to express that the setting up master digital platform to address cybersecurity at individual level is a good step in a right direction.
Even though the concept of this master digital platform is not yet clear to many, but looking for a long term solution to address cybersecurity challenges at the individual level is timely and dire.
Whatever the platform is, it cannot be successful without an open and transparent platform where both government teams and industry players can work together enhancing each other instead of competing to serve the public.
Therefore in my view, creating a comprehensive and working ecosystem of growing and managing supply services and addressing demand adequately need to be established.
This ecosystem should also help local industry and players to participate, contribute and grow in Malaysia and beyond.
In handling the increase of cyber-attacks in Malaysia, there should be a clear and transparent system to track all cybercrimes cases from its beginning to the end, so that we can understand where the bottlenecks are, if any, and what cases are not solvable.
Transparent and good traceability as demonstrated by the Government through Covid-19 pandemic handling is a superb example how transparency and follow through cases help to mobilise the entire nation resources to address it effectively.
With a good case traceability system, many experts in this country and possibly abroad can assist to solve difficult and cross border cybercrime cases.
A good case traceability will allow public to learn cybercrime cases better and able to incorporate it into our education system through case study discussions and resolutions.
Mohd Redzuan was replying to a question from Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Pandan) who asked about the preparations and action taken to tackle and strengthen national cyber security to the individual level.