Malaysia to set up cybersecurity centre for OIC

  • CSM makes proposal in its capacity as Permanent Secretariat of the OIC-CERT
  • Comes after meeting between agency’s top officials with OIC SecGen in Jeddah
Malaysia to set up cybersecurity centre for OIC

NATIONAL cybersecurity specialist agency CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) has proposed setting up a Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence and Malware Research Coordination Facility for Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries.
CSM proposed the facilities in its capacity as the Permanent Secretariat of the Organisation of Computer Emergency Response Team for OIC countries (OIC-CERT), the agency said in a statement.
“A Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity and Malware Research Coordination Facility are expected to provide great benefits to OIC countries,” said CSM chairman General Mohd. Azumi Mohamed (Rtd), who is also chairman of the board of directors and special adviser to the OIC chairman.
He said that this was in realisation of the fact that cybersecurity has become a crucial factor for achieving development and stability for the OIC, an organisation consisting of 57 member countries.
In 2008, it was estimated that the collective population of OIC countries exceeded 1.4 billion, which is about 20% of the world’s population. With such a huge population, even a cybersecurity awareness or education programme would require well-organised and consolidated efforts, CSM said.
On Jan 19, Mohd. Azumi and CSM chief executive officer Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab visited the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on an invitation from Iyad Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the OIC.
The invitation was made in an acknowledgement of Malaysia’s lead in the promotion and enhancement of cybersecurity among OIC member countries, CSM said in its statement, and to discuss capability and capacity development initiatives and implementation plans for realising cooperation in ICT, particularly in cybersecurity, among OIC member countries.
“We also discussed the critical function of CSM as the Permanent Secretariat of the OIC-CERT, in creating a framework for cybersecurity initiatives for OIC countries, particularly for the members of OIC-CERT,” said Amirudin.
Malaysia, through CSM, is the cofounder of the OIC-CERT and served as Chair for two consecutive terms (two terms are the maximum allowed for one particular country to serve as Chair). In 2013, Malaysia (again, represented by CSM) was appointed the permanent secretariat of the OIC-CERT.
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