The Malaysian government will work with Chinese technology giant Huawei to deepen its capabilities in combatting cyber threats that have been plaguing the country in recent months.
As part of the collaboration, Malaysia’s cybersecurity agency, Cybersecurity Malaysia, will establish a joint steering committee with Huawei that will meet twice a year to discuss issues such as cyber security standards and approaches in fending off cyber threats. A task force from both organisations will be tasked to execute all decisions made by the committee.
In October 2017, Malaysia was hit by one of the biggest data breaches in the country when the personal data of more than 46 million mobile phone users were reportedly leaked online. The leaked data comprised personal details such as e-mail and billing addresses as well as SIM card information of pre-paid and post-paid mobile subscribers of at least 12 telcos and mobile virtual network operators.
Speaking at the opening of a Huawei event in Kuala Lumpur today, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, noted that even as the country gears up to tap into the digital economy, there is a need to secure its digital infrastructure.