With the aim of cutting cyber crime incidents, government agency CyberSecurity Malaysia has established a bilateral partnership with the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), agency under the Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
During the signing of the memorandum of agreement (8 December 2016), both agencies said they are kick-starting bilateral collaboration immediately.
Dato’ Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer, CyberSecurity Malaysia and Rodolfo A. Salalima, secretary of Department of Information and Communications Technology, Republic of the Philippines, signed the agreement in Manila during the launch of Philippines own National Cybersecurity Plan in conjunction with Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Summit 2016 organised for the public sector in the effort to combat cybercrime.
The MoU provides a framework for understanding and cooperation between the two organisations for exchange of information on current threats and strategies to increase effectiveness of cyber security incident response, to respond and mitigate cross-border incidents, especially those that affect both countries and sharing of experiences and knowledge to increase skill and expertise between both parties.
“As an agency in charge of securing the Malaysian’s cyberspace and with the exposure as well as experiences, we will definitely have a lot to share with the Philippines in terms of cyber security best practices.” said CyberSecurity Malaysia’s Dr Amirudin.
Malaysia can help
He added that Malaysia “can contribute significantly to the collaboration with the Philippines in many areas including the capacity building. Its innovative approach in dealing with evolving cyber threats has produced a wealth of training materials for both technical and non-technical personnel.”
Besides capacity building, the collaboration also includes the development of Digital Forensics, Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) as well as other relevant laboratories capabilities, advisory on policy, strategy and relevant cyber security related and encourage activities to strengthen mutual cooperation and relationship.
“Through the MoU, CyberSecurity Malaysia is able to empower its expertise and research in the field of the cyber security. Furthermore, it has also strengthened the position and reputation of CyberSecurity Malaysia in cyber security industry regional.” added Dr. Amirudin.