Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launched, earlier this week, a national policy document that outlines Malaysia’s strategy for cyber crisis mitigation and response.
The initiative comes as a response to growing cyber threats which could potentially dampen the government’s aspiration to drive Malaysia’s digital economy and be on par with advanced nations by 2020.
Muhyiddin emphasised the need for Malaysia’s Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) organisations to be fully protected so as to prevent any untoward effects in the economy, social services and national security.
Cybersecurity Malaysia identifies CNII organisations as those coming from the following sectors: National Defence, Banking and Finance, ICT, Energy, Transportation, Utilities, Emergency Services, Government, and Health and Human Services.
“CNII are key sectors that have to be given attention because any threat, disruption or damage on this system can have a major impact on the country,” he said.
The directive outlines six main principles in dealing with a cyber crisis. These are:
1.National Cyber Crisis Management Structure
2. National Cyber Threat Level
3. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)
4. Cyber Security Protection Mechanism
5. Response, Communication and Coordination procedure
6. Readiness Programme
“I suggest that all agency heads fully understand and comply with what is contained in this directive so that the effort and strategies formulated can be effectively implemented,” Muhyiddin said.
“Furthermore, I also encourage all agencies to set up a Computer Emergency Response Team to boost internal capabilities in handling cyber incidents.”