KDU Reinforce Cybersecurity Ecosystem In Malaysia Via Industry – Academia Smart Partnership

 
Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang (left), Vice Chancellor of KDU University College and Mr Clement Arul (right), Chief Executive Officer of Kaapagam Education Services signing MoU in launching KALAM-Cybersecurity Ecosystem Platform in KDU, witnessed by Dato’ Dr Haji Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cyber Security Malaysia. Associate Professor Dr Ramzah Dambul (2nd from right), launches the Cyber Security Ecosystem, a unique industry-academia smart partnership between KDU, Kaapagam and CSM to combat the challenges of cybersecurity. Joining are Dato’ Dr Haji Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, Dato’ Dr Nick Ng Meng Kee, Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang and Mr Clement Arul (right).
 
KALAM-Cybersecurity Ecosystem Platform launch in KDU will create a vibrant cybersecurity community with the support of many prominent partner-companies and industry players, in enabling students, academics and industry players to collaborate, cooperate and co-exist in every effort of cybersecurity. “MoU signed by KDU University College and Kaapagam Education Services that involved KALAM-Cybersecurity Ecosystem Platform will be imperative in training and incubating talents in the cybersecurity industry for Malaysia.” – Associate Professor Dr Ramzah Dambul, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Malaysia.
 
Looking at the digital age which has brought forth an evolving new landscape in our daily lives, there is a dire need for the world to address the safeties of the internet and online transactions, by building up an effective cybersecurity ecosystem to protect networks, computers, programmes and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

The School of Computing and Creative Media (SCCM) at KDU University College, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kaapagam Education Services, and launched KALAM, a Cyber Security Collaboration Platform in KDU together with Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM), to address the pressing needs of manpower with security skills, security awareness and local security product, particularly in ASEAN. 

Being one of the first few higher education institutions in Malaysia to launch the Cyber Security Ecosystem for Malaysia, KDU University College through this unique industry-academia smart partnership established today will collaborate with Kaapagam and CSM to face and combat the challenges of cybersecurity.

The ceremony was officiated by Associate Professor Dr Ramzah Dambul, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Malaysia, at the flagship campus of KDU University College in Utropolis Glenmarie, Shah Alam.

The MoU signatories of both KDU and Kaapagam represented by Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang, Vice Chancellor of KDU University College and Mr Clement Arul, Chief Executive Officer of Kaapagam Education Services respectively. This simple yet grand ceremony was witnessed by Dato’ Dr Haji Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cyber Security Malaysia.
 
The event was also graced by the attendance of very important guests like Dato’ Dr Nick Ng Meng Kee, Chairman of Kaapagam Education Services; Dr Zahri Bin Hj Yusof, Chief Operating Officer of CSM; Ir Wan Murdani Wan Mohammad, Director of Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation; Dr Dzahar Mansor, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Malaysia. Apart from that, there were also representatives from partner-companies like SVI Technologies Sdn Bhd, Trend Micro, Internet Initiative of Japan (IIJ) Singapore, Megatech, Efficient Bhd, Portcullis Technologies Singapore, Dominos, Trainocate (Global Knowledge); as well as KDU’s top management team, academics and students.

In delivering his keynote address, Assoc Prof Dr Ramzah emphasised that the digital environment has cut across every aspect of our lives, thus addressing the cyber risk is constantly placed at the top of Malaysia’s national agenda. According to Assoc Prof Dr Ramzah, “Nowadays we can no longer take cybersecurity lightly, even though the technology of cybersecurity has improved but the threat that comes along with it has also become more complex.”

However, organisations are understaffed when it comes to cybersecurity, as what highlighted by Dato’ Dr. Haji Amirudin during his opening remarks, “Up to August 2017, there are about 7,250 cybersecurity professionals and knowledge workers in Malaysia. This figure is still far below our need to serve the rapidly growing Internet population in Malaysia to leapfrog as a developed nation by the year 2020.”  

Both Assoc Prof Dr Ramzah and Dato’ Dr. Haji Amirudin reiterated the importance of addressing the shortage of talents in cybersecurity of the country.

“The shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals cannot be solved overnight. We need to create a knowledgeable generation capable of fending off the ever-evolving cybersecurity threats and truly produce high-valued and skilled digital citizens of the future who will keep Malaysia’s cyber space safe as we head into a new digital economy order,” said Dato’ Dr. Haji Amirudin. Assoc Prof Dr Ramzah opined, “MoU signed by KDU University College and Kaapagam Education Services that involved KALAM-Cybersecurity Ecosystem Platform will be imperative in training and incubating talents in the cybersecurity industry for Malaysia.”

Besides CSM, the cybersecurity ecosystem is also supported by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Microsoft Malaysia and Trend Micro. The Ecosystem Infrastructure is supported by Internet Initiative of Japan (IIJ) which offers its cloud service, IIJ GIO.

This ecosystem will create a vibrant cybersecurity community with students in the University College and professionals in the industry, in enabling students, academics and industry players to collaborate, cooperate and co-exist in every effort of cybersecurity; therefore creating more opportunities for research and development, as well as the production of new security products.

As the direct beneficiaries in this industry-academia partnership, KDU students will be supported by this cybersecurity ecosystem to work on the final year project based on security industry requirements, supported by professionals as their mentors in creating local cybersecurity products, cybersecurity collaboration platform and ultimately train up themselves as entrepreneurs in this industry.

The MoU signed will also provide KDU students access to a Cyber Security Ecosystem – where they can build local products and fund successful IP prototype into commercialisation, search for internship or career opportunities and a source for seeking mentors from Industry Security Professionals & Experts. For academics and researchers, the ecosystem will provide a platform for research and development and training material to keep abreast on latest developments in the ICT industry.

According to findings in the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, shortage of talents in information security worldwide is forecasted at 1.5 million by 2020. In light of recent events and shifting industry dynamics, that forecast has been revised to a 1.8 million talent shortage by 2022.

To have a better understanding of the potential market, Cyber Security Ventures Market Report showed the Asia Pacific Cyber Security Market is expected to grow to USD $32.95 billion by 2019 and contribute 17.21 percent to the global market and will slightly grow to 21.16 percent by 2019. 

In the wider perspective, the global managed security services market are expected to explode from USD $8 billion in 2015 to USD $30 billion by 2020. The threat intelligence security market size is expected to grow from USD $3 billion in 2015 to USD $5.8 billion+ by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.3 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to Research and Markets.