CSM, Cisco ink MoU to strengthen M’sia digital landscape
By Digital News Asia August 11, 2021
- Both parties to cooperate in research, development, sharing of information and knowledge
- CyberSecurity Malaysia to tap into Cisco’s expertise to extend cybersecurity threat research
CISCO Systems Malaysia and CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further strengthen Malaysia’s cybersecurity capabilities.
In a statement, Cisco said the MoU will allow the establishment of cooperation in research, development and the sharing of information and knowledge between Cisco and CSM.
Communications and multimedia minister Saifuddin Abdullah said he was pleased to see the partnership with Cisco as it is a world-class leader in cyber security.
“Together with CSM, our country can leverage Cisco’s proven technology, processes and expertise.
“The MoU complements our strategic efforts in advancing cyber security capabilities and capacity as we prepare Malaysia for a trusted, secure and resilient digital economy,” he said.
Cisco said some of the initiatives include enhancing global threat intelligence, improving knowledge sharing, as well as contributing to the upskilling and development of Malaysia’s cyber security workforce.
Cisco Malaysia’s managing director Hana Raja said that Cisco is committed to support Malaysia’s digital journey and various facets of digitisation, including cyber security.
“The announcement reaffirms Cisco’s long-term commitment to Malaysia, enabling a secure digital ecosystem where economic growth and social inclusion opportunities can be unlocked with greater confidence.
“We are delighted to partner with CSM Malaysia and the Malaysian government to provide our expertise in this area.” she added.
Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CSM's chief executive officer (CEO) said this cooperation embodies the progressive approach the government has undertaken on cyber security, taking vital steps to enhance the nation’s capabilities and readiness.
“It will see the possibility of CSM tapping into Cisco’s expertise to extend cyber security threat research through information sharing and working together in providing customised intelligence on cyber threats and incidents,” Amirudin said.
He said cyber threat intelligence sharing provides a better understanding and situational awareness of the threat landscape, which is increasingly borderless and advancing in speed, scale and sophistication.
He added that a collaborative framework that involves governments and the private sector paves the way for a collective response to emerging threats and skills enhancement by leveraging the experience and expertise of a broader global ecosystem.
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