The 10th Edition of the biggest cybersecurity industry event in Malaysia, CyberSecurity Malaysia - Awards, Conference & Exhibition (CSM-ACE), was officially launched on Tuesday, officiated by the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia, YB Tuan Eddin Syazlee Shith. CSM-ACE is an annual public-private-partnership driven event, organised by CyberSecurity Malaysia, which gathers cybersecurity industry experts and community from Malaysia and abroad to exchange ideas on security management, policy and technology.
It is also the only 3-in-1 cybersecurity event in the region that features three distinct components: Award, Conference and Exhibition.
The theme of this year’s CSM-ACE event, to which Cybersecurity Asean is one of the official media partners, is “Partnership In Securing 4IR Towards National Sovereignty” - which reflects the state of global advancement on industrial and information technology with the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which has undoubtedly impacted all disciplines of economies across every industry.
When delivering his keynote address at the opening ceremony, YB Tuan Eddin Syazlee Shith acknowledged that just like all previous industrial revolutions, no public or private organisation will be immune from the effects of the 4IR. He also congratulated CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM), for taking the lead in organising the conference as it provides an invaluable knowledge-sharing platform, and hoped that through the event, more public-private collaboration initiatives will materialise which will help expand regional cybersecurity cooperation and development in the near future.
“With Industry 4.0, we are moving into an era of complex cyber threats. As such, it is of utmost importance for a nation to build resilience into its cyber ecosystem across industries. But to attain cyber resilience, we must acquire holistic capabilities in cyber risk and security management. These capabilities could be then deployed to execute comprehensive risk assessments, support effective surveillance, enhance incident response and strengthen internal controls,” he said.
During the event, he also launched the Technology Security Assurance (TSA), a national scheme that provides evaluation and certification services for local ICT products via CSM’s Malaysian Security Evaluation Facility (MySEF). The evaluation is based on Mandatory Security Functional Requirements (MSFRs) developed by the Information Security Certification Body (ISCB). CSM MySEF will also perform Security Functionality Testing and Penetration Testing to identify vulnerabilities and assist organisations in improving the security requirement of their ICT products.
CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, commented that the TSA scheme allows local companies and developers to obtain international standard cybersecurity certification, which helps them gain consumer confidence, increase quality assurance and enhance their ability to compete in the global market.
He said, “TSA is developed based on Common Criteria Evaluation Methodology (ISO/IEC 18045) and by undergoing such a stringent certification process, Malaysian-made ICT products could be enhanced with cybersecurity features and become more competitive in the global market.”
Held from 24th to 28th September 2018, the event saw the participation of more than 2,500 international and regional industry experts, cybersecurity professionals, government officials and academia. In addition to hosting nine concurrent cybersecurity training courses and key satellite events, CSM-ACE 2018 features over 40 exhibitors showcasing a wide array of innovative ICT and cybersecurity products and services.