Media Coverage

22 December 2016

CyberSecurity Malaysia sounds 'trust and transparency' note at OIC-CERT AGM

National infosecurity agency CyberSecurity Malaysia has reconfirmed OIC-CERT's commitment to 'trust and transparency' at the 8th AGM and annual conference 2016 held recently in Saudi Arabia.

In his keynote speech, CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed (Retired), who leads the Permanent Secretariat of the OIC-CERT (The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation - Computer Emergency Response Team), said Malaysia remained committed to work closely with member states to address the present and future challenges in cyber security.

He also mentioned cyber collaboration and cooperation. "There is a need for trust building and transparency. This call for training, capacity building, development assistance, collaboration and cooperation."

Attended by 60 participants from 14 member nations, the four-day gathering, themed 'Towards Cyber Resilience,' the event included participation from the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT), the Forum for Incident Response Security Team (FIRST) as well as representatives from Team Cymru.

The issues dominating the event included the economic impact of cyber breaches, challenges in balancing privacy and security, and how to better meet incidence response.

OIC secretary general His Excellency Dr. Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen said: "I urge the OIC Member States, who are not yet members to exert more efforts to join the OIC-CERT towards making this important mechanism more effective in dealing with cyber security issues."

Meanwhile, Engr. Bader Ali Said Al Salehi, the chair of the OIC-CERT, commented: "This annual event provides a good opportunity for OIC-CERT members to have face-to-face discussion to discuss cyber security and incident handling issues".

He also talked of OIC CERT's cyber security strategy and business plan, which consists of six strategies pillars including organisational structure, standards and regulations, technical and technology, capacity building, international cooperation and promotion and awareness.

Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates were also appointed to the Board of the OIC-CERT in the meeting.

Established 2009, the OIC-CERT is a platform for member countries to explore and to develop cyber security collaborative initiatives and partnerships. To date, the OIC-CERT has 41 members from 21 OIC countries.

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