Malaysian businesses urged to develop cybersecurity strategies – MITI KSU
The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) together with its technology partners, Elytron (Asia Pacific) Sdn. Bhd., Trinity Business Solution and Astiostech Sdn. Bhd. held the forum, “Cybersecurity in Smart Manufacturing” at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) headquarters, today.
The forum, officiated by Y. Bhg. Dato’ Lokman Hakim Ali, Secretary General of MITI, focused on the the importance of cybersecurity and smart manufacturing in the adoption of Industry 4.0.
Cybersecurity addresses the practices in protecting computers, servers, mobile devices, networks and data from cyber-attacks, unauthorized access and breaches.
“The Industry4WRD policy was launched last October to drive digital transformation of the manufacturing and related services sectors in Malaysia”, Dato’ Lokman said during his keynote speech.
“As we progress, the developed infrastructure, regulations, technology, skills and talent must look at cybersecurity holistically, so that risks can be mitigated and progress can be achieved unhindered”, he added.
As the industry continues to progress towards digitalisation, new sources of value creation and potential growth are expected to arise – with new types of risks and vulnerabilities arising as a side-effect. Without clear cybersecurity management strategies among businesses, the industry will always be prone to cyber-threats.
In order to mitigate these risks, the forum was structured to prepare companies to take their first steps towards embracing Industry 4.0, with cybersecurity as a foundation towards protecting a growing connected ecosystem.
In relation to this, experts in the field of cybersecurity will be discussing key challenges in the development and sustainability of a connected eco-system in the digital era, at the forum.
“It is important for businesses to emphasis cybersecurity in their business plans as the world is moving towards digitalization. Furthermore, the sector creates new job and business opportunities – the localisation of cybersecurity services will provide the necessary quick response to any security crises, and more importantly, prevent them before they happen”, said Dato’ Madani Sahari, MARii CEO while speaking to the press.
The forum will also act as a platform for businesses to understand the importance of cybersecurity in future business models, and form plans in protecting valuable assets from modern threats, making it less about the process and more about the practice of securing data and their infrastructures.
Among the speakers at the forum include:
- Nizmar Mohd Nazar, Chief Technology Officer, MARii
- Joao Lucas Melo Brasio, Executive Director, Elytron Asia Pacific
- Matthew Edward Couri, Executive Director, Trinity Business Solutions
- Iderlon Azevedo, Honorary Consul-General to Brazil
Following the recent visit of Datuk Darell Leiking, Minister of MITI and the Malaysian delegates to Brazil in May 2019 to strengthen trade and investment ties, two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were inked during the forum between:
- MARii and Elytron (Asia Pacific) Sdn. Bhd. and,
- MARii and Trinity Business Solution.
These MoUs will establish a partnership between the parties involved to further enhance the capabilities in the area of information technology (IT) security systems.
“The MoU between MARii and Elytron will enhance our capabilities to set up and develop proper security measures such as firewall to protect data and the ability to develop the cybersecurity-related technologies and services according to the needs of relevant sectors”, Dato’ Madani said during the press conference.
He also said that the MoU between MARii and Trinity will further enhance the aspects of smart manufacturing, the utilisation of IoT and sensors in smart manufacturing and coding/programming capacities to enable artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.