Hisham: Malaysia’s cyber defence on target to be among the best

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s sophisticated cyber defence system is expected to be among the best in the region when completed, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Tuesday.

He said the authorities had been working on it for nearly three years and that it was 90 per cent ready.

The Sun quoted him as saying if the cyber defence initiative went according to plan, Malaysia would be “among the top countries in this region which are up to speed in terms of cyber defence”.

Hishammuddin said this at a press conference after the Defence Ministry’s monthly assembly and the ministry’s innovation Day 2016 at Wisma Perwira here.

The Malaysian Armed Forces’ military intelligence unit has set up a cyber defence special unit to tackle cyber warfare attempts against the country.

The unit is working with several countries where confidential information with regards to the safety of Malaysia’s assets, and other information cannot be penetrated by any other parties, according to The Sun.

Hishammuddin said the authorities had managed to detect attempted cyber attacks, but declined to say how many.

Meanwhile, The Diplomat reported that data from CyberSecurity Malaysia, the agency in charge of securing the country’s cyberspace, suggested that incidents of cyber hacking were on the rise in Malaysia.

According to CyberSecurity Malaysia’s Chief Executive Officer Amirudin Abdul Wahab, 1,705 incidents had been reported as of July. This is almost equal to the number of cases for the whole of 2015, which was recorded at 1,714.

He also said Malaysian small and medium enterprises were 33 per cent likely to be victims of cyber attacks, nearly 5 per cent higher than businesses of any other Asean country.

The Diplomat, quoting a study done by the International Telecommunications Union, said Malaysia was also one of the top 10 countries targeted by malware attacks.