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TechCentral – Malaysia spearheads cybersecurity awareness among OIC member nations


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is conducting the second part of a series of cybersecurity workshops in Rabat, in collaboration with Morocco's Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies and supported by the Islamic Development Bank.


The workshop with the theme Enhancing Capability for Better Security is for Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries in the African region.


CyberSecurity Malaysia said about 60 participants from 16 OIC member countries in the African region are attending the workshop, which was officiated by Morocco's Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies, Ahmed Reda Chami.


Other than panel discussions and hands-on training, the workshop features a focus group discussion on potential projects to be conducted among the OIC-Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) member countries in mitigating cyberthreats.


The OIC-CERT workshops are designed to provide a platform for cybersecurity professionals to interact, share common interests and exchange ideas on cybersecurity matters.


CyberSecurity Malaysia represents the country as OIC-CERT chair. It formed OIC-CERT which currently has 18 OIC countries as members.


At the launch of the workshop yesterday, CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Lt Col (Rtd) Husin Jazri said OIC-CERT provides a new platform for the OIC member countries to exchange ideas and expertise.


"It also promotes joint research and development to deal with global cyberthreats and foster good relationship among members," he said.


The first cybersecurity workshop was held in Egypt on June 8 for 15 OIC member countries in the Middle East.

Malaysia will host the final workshop for the Asian region on Oct 28, in conjunction with the CyberSecurity Malaysia Award, Conference and Exhibition 2010.