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    Cabinet to finalise policy on cyber security ecosystem on July 19, says PM


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    KUALA LUMPUR: The national cyber security ecosystem will be streamlined with the help of policy decisions that will be discussed and finalized in the upcoming Cabinet meeting on July 19, according to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    The Prime Minister emphasized the seriousness and firm commitment of the government in addressing cyber security challenges through this decision.

    In his speech at the opening of The Cyber Defence & Security Exhibition and Conference (CYDES) 2023, the Prime Minister stated, “I want to be unequivocal in saying that the unity government will not compromise the security of our cyber space, nor will it brook delays in this regard. What we are lacking in time, we will make up with hard work.”

    Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof read out the Prime Minister’s speech and inaugurated the event on his behalf.

    The decision to bring the issue to the Cabinet was made after Anwar chaired the first National Cyber Security Committee meeting last month. The meeting discussed crucial decisions to fortify cyber security in Malaysia.

    Anwar announced that the meeting unanimously endorsed the National Cyber Security Agency’s (Nacsa) position as the central agency on cyber security. Nacsa will directly report to the Prime Minister, consolidating measures to enhance cyber security under its umbrella.

    This central coordination will enable cohesive and comprehensive strategies to counter cyber threats, streamlining efforts and maximizing collective effectiveness.

    In addition, the meeting also agreed on the immediate drafting of a Cyber Security Bill. The aim is to establish a robust legal framework with good governance to effectively address evolving cyber threats.

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    The Prime Minister stated, “The Cyber Security Bill will provide Nacsa with a clear legal authority to regulate and enforce laws pertaining to cyber security, thus enhancing the effectiveness of their functions. CyberSecurity Malaysia, a company limited by guarantee which plays an important role in strengthening the cyber security ecosystem in Malaysia, will be placed under Nacsa to avoid duplication and confusion.”

    Anwar emphasized that securing the cyber ecosystem requires good governance, effective strategies, and measurable outcomes. He urged the government sector to strengthen its ability to manage cyber security challenges by collaborating with relevant stakeholders.

    Regarding CYDES 2023, Anwar expressed hope that the event would be an important platform for capacity and capability-building in cyber security. The event, organized by the National Security Council, Nacsa, and Alpine Integrated Solution Sdn Bhd, is being held from today until July 13 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) under the theme “Building Cyber Resilience: Safeguarding The Digital Future”.- Bernama

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