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Developing the Right Cybersecurity Strategies for IR4.0

The Malaysian Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Elytron Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd and Trinity Business Solution to establish a partnership to further enhance the capabilities in the area of IT and security systems. The MoU follows the Malaysian delegation’s visit to Brazil in May 2019 to strengthen trade and investment ties.

Trinity Business Solution focuses on smart manufacturing through AI for plants while Elytron is a cybersecurity company that focuses on cybersecurity for connected devices in the industry. Both companies are focused on implementing their solutions for Malaysian businesses, especially in the manufacturing industry.

Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali, Secretary-General of Malaysian International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) said smart manufacturing and cybersecurity is important in the adoption of Malaysia’s IR4.0 journey.

The Industry4WRD policy was launched last October to drive digital transformation in the manufacturing and related services sectors in Malaysia. This policy outlines 13 broad strategies for Malaysia to embark on a journey that will transform the manufacturing industry landscape over the next decade. MITI believes that this journey towards Industry 4.0 adoption is anchored by three (shift) factors: People, Process and Technology.

“Although cybersecurity is not a new concept, the world is still seeking a cohesive solution to the grand scale of cybersecurity deployment, as we move our business operations to a borderless world in the cloud. With that said, a key realisation is that there is ample opportunity for Malaysia to emerge as a prime mover in the cybersecurity arena.”

He added that Malaysia as a prime mover for cybersecurity will present a comparative advantage to local businesses. He explained that the policy will drive Malaysia to become a strategic partner for smart manufacturing and related services in the Asia Pacific, as the primary destination hi-tech investments (both Foreign and Domestic), as well as a total solutions provider for advanced technology.

In conjunction with the MoU signing, MARii also organised a forum titled “Cybersecurity in Smart Manufacturing” with panellists from MARii, Trinity and Elytron. The forum focused on the importance of cybersecurity and smart manufacturing in the adoption of IR4.0. The panellists included Datuk Madani Sahari, CEO MARii, Joao Lucas Melo Brasio, Executive Director for Elytron Asia Pacific, Matthew Edward Couri, Executive Director for Trinity Business Solutions and Iderlon Azevedo, Honorary Consul General to Brazil.

Among the topics discussed in the forum include measures taken to ensure data security and data encryption when moving data onto the cloud as well as the importance of having cybersecurity for connected devices as IR4.0 leads to more connected devices being used for data analytics.

Joao Lucas, who also happens to be one of the top ethical hackers in the world, said that while businesses continue to benefit from cybersecurity providers protecting their systems, they also need to ensure that the protection happens within their organisation themselves. He believes it is important for businesses to ensure their employees are aware of the types of threats out there and can act swiftly on them.
 

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