At the end of September 2018, a YAKSHA delegation was on a week-long mission in Southeast Asia, which started with a visit to YAKSHA partner, CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CSM’s mission is to create and sustain a safer cyberspace to promote National Sustainability, Social Well-Being and Wealth Creation. CSM provides specialised cybersecurity services and continuously identifies possible areas that may be detrimental to national security and public safety. Some of cybersecurity incidents that CSM has been handling such as Intrusion Attempt, Denial of Service Attack (DOS), Fraud and Cyber Harassment with more than 100,000 cases reported to MyCERT Department since 1997. Malaysia was ranked third nation globally in terms of cybersecurity commitment in the 2017 edition of the United Nation’s Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI)’s report which much contributed by CSM through their innovative services and programs.
At CSM, YAKSHA partners were welcomed by Dr. Zahri Yunos, Chief Operating Officer of CSM, and Ismamuradi Dato’ Hj Abdul Kadir, Head of Strategy Management, who introduced the great work of CSM in ensuring cybersecurity in Malaysia and beyond. They shared insights about their honeypot-based distribution system, which emulates vulnerabilities in network services and alerts security administrators on the sources of attacks. The YAKSHA delegation also learnt about collaboration of CERTs amongst the ASEAN Member States, including other CERTs in the Asia Pacific region. After the briefing session, the YAKSHA delegation visited the MyCERT Malware Research Center and the MyCERT Cyber999 Incident Reporting Center which addresses the computer security concerns of Malaysian Internet users, with the ultimate goal to reduce the probability of cyber-attacks and lower the risk of consequential damage.
At the Digital Forensic Department, the delegations were impressed by the Audio & Video Forensic Lab, Computer Forensic & Data Recovery Lab and Forensic X Research Lab. A display of real-time incidents, based on General Incident Classification Statistics, reminded how the YAKSHA work is timely and needed, and how many collaboration opportunities exist in cybersecurity research and innovation between EU and ASEAN!
Time was running quickly – the team had to head to the international Cybersecurity Conference CSM-ACE, an annual gathering with more than 2000 participants, organised… Guess by whom? CyberSecurity Malaysia!