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Set-Up Of CERTs To Benefit Nation


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 – The establishment of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) among the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) members will benefit Malaysia in many ways, said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili.


He said other than optimising the dissemination of cyber alerts, it would also provide a new platform for the OIC members to exchange ideas and expertise and to promote joint development on measures to deal with large-scale cyber security incidents.


"This OIC-CERT collaborations and cooperation initiative will also result in economic value creation by being a platform to foster greater trust, long-term friendship and business cooperation among OIC members," he said at the opening of the OIC-CERT Seminar 2009, themed "Strategic Partnership against Cyper Threats" here today.


The text of his speech was read by Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation's secretary-general, Datuk Abdul Hanan Alang Endut.


The three-day seminar, organised by CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the ministry, attracted over 100 participants.


Meanwhile, CyberSecurity chief executive officer, Lt-Col Husin Jazri, said the seminar would offer programmes such as the establishment of CERTs, regional cooperation and educating the importance of information security.


"These programmes are structured to enhance business dynamism and networking among players both in the public and private sectors with the intention of promoting OIC-CERT as a global hub for information security in the long run," he said.