Malaysia, Singapore to cooperate on cyber security

salleh-cyber-securitySINGAPORE: Malaysia has expressed its desire to cooperate with Singapore on cyber security, according to Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak.

“Singapore has a comprehensive plan in which they coordinate all agencies to give priority to cyber security, as it has become a worldwide threat today,” Salleh told Bernama when met here today.

He expressed the desire to his Singapore counterpart Yaacob Ibrahim during a briefing on cyber security cooperation between the two countries at the Grand Hyatt Hotel here.

Salleh said for Malaysia, the National Security Council (MKN) would be responsible for monitoring and taking appropriate action regarding cyber security.

“Cyber security is now regarded as part of national security,” he said, expressing hope that the relevant ministries would cooperate fully with MKN.

Salleh also said he hoped the Cyber Security Bill would be tabled in Parliament as soon as possible.

It was previously reported that the draft was submitted to Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali for a review in early June.

Touching on the matter of human resources in the field of cyber security, Salleh said Malaysia should have more experts in the field.

“It’s an important profession that we need to prioritise. In Singapore they give attention to such matters,” he said.

“We are heading towards a digital economy, so we have to ensure the fields related to cyber security and digital economy are given due attention,” he said.