Photo - As first keynote speaker, CyberSecurity Malaysia's CEO Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab takes the stage.
Close to 270 information technology (IT) professionals gathered at Computerworld Malaysia's 8th annual Security Summit held at Hilton Kuala Lumpur on 10 April 2014 to discuss the latest in security trends, threats and technology.
Similar to Computerworld Singapore's edition held on 8 April, the new flow and focus included real-time wireless feedback and polling with an emphasis on end user case studies, which attracted positive responses from the invited delegates.
As cyber attacks become increasingly sophisticated, organised and targeted, cohesive collaboration was needed between private, public and global organisations to combat these threats. The line-up of speakers at the summit reflected the wider community fighting against cyber threats on several fronts. Speakers were drawn from government, quasi-government, international organisations, IT organisations and enterprise clients.
At the enterprise level, technological advances in mobility and cloud had brought with it new opportunities and challenges. For IT departments, this meant driving the adoption of new business tools and processes while continuing to ensure that security remained uncompromised. Establishing strategic security approaches and multi-layered security measures could help counter external threats such as stealth attacks and hacking, while containing internal threats such as data leakage.
Enterprise client speakers shared their experiences through case studies which included a step-by-step approach in implementing cloud and discussions on the challenges faced by different sectors such as healthcare, financial and fast-moving consumer goods industries. Individual organisations had to find its own acceptable balance between risk and efficiency, while ensuring that users were aware and educated on their security responsibilities.
Much work remains to be done
At the national level, governments had acknowledged that cyber threats had evolved and were initiating security measures such as policies pertaining to critical national information infrastructure.
In addition to the technical impact of an attack, they recognised that there were social, economic and political repercussions as well. This has led to a higher degree of urgency in strengthening inter-agency cooperation and public-private partnerships to counter such threats. This concern had extended to the global stage where law enforcement agencies are increasing engaged in collaborative efforts to counter cross-border cyber criminal activities. However, there remained much work to be done in training, enforcement and putting in place standardised legal measures against cyber crime.
Speakers and panellists at the summit included Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab (CyberSecurity Malaysia), Nader Henein (BlackBerry), Andrew Chee (CheckPoint Software Technologies), Philip Victor (International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats, IMPACT), Alan Seow (Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore), Corey Nachreiner (WatchGuard Technologies), Lee Han Ther (British American Tobacco, BAT), Wong Joon Hoong and Eason Sathiyalingam (Sophos), Dr. Mubbashir Iftikhar and Suriasah Putera bin Muhammad Sharoni (KPJ Healthcare), and Kheirul Hisyam bin Mohamed (Affin Investment Bank).
As usual, a more comprehensive exclusive feature article of this event will be published in the Computerworld Malaysia May-June print edition and sent to qualifying subscribers.