APCERT, OIC-CERT participate in global cyber security drill, CyberSecurity Malaysia announces


Chairman  CyberSecurity Malaysia modified 

Photo - General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), Chairman, CyberSecurity Malaysia


According to the Malaysian national security specialist CyberSecurity Malaysia, this year's annual drill to test the response capability of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CSIRTS) from the Asia Pacific economies has involved the participation of the European Government CSIRTS group as well as the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation - Computer Emergency Response Team.

This year's drill also saw the third consecutive cooperation of OIC-CERT, said CyberSecurity Malaysia chairman General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Mohamed (Retired), adding that the Malaysian agency is now the permanent secretariat of OIC-CERT.

During the cyber drill, the participating teams activated and tested their incident response handling arrangements, said Azumi. This included the need to interact between CSIRTs/CERTs from local and abroad, in order to dismantle the Denial of Service infrastructure from an analysis of a malicious smartphone application.

He said this incident response exercise, "which was coordinated across many economies, reflects the strong collaboration amongst the economies and validates the enhanced communication protocols, technical capabilities and quality of incident responses that CSIRT fosters in assuring Internet security and safety."

"The OIC-CERT has undertaken various effective strategies to provide the necessary training and capacity building programs in order to develop technical capabilities in the area of cyber security among the member countries," said Azumi. "Thus, the involvement in the drill is aligned with the OIC-CERT objectives that strengthen the relationships among the OIC member countries in mitigating cyber threats."

APCERT Drill 2014 was themed  'Countering Cyber-ops with Regional Coordination.' The exercise reflects real incidents and problems that exist on the Internet, where the teams undertook the task of tracing elements from developing stages of a Cyber-op. These stages culminated to a point where CSIRTs/CERTs had to dismantle the infrastructure set up by hactivists, before a Denial of Service attack unfolds on a government service.

"The participation and involvement of the OIC-CERT members in the annual cyber exercise has increased their capability and ability to address and mitigate cyber security issues and threats," said  the OIC-CERT chair, who is also the director general of Oman National CERT, Badar Ali Al-Saleh. "In addition, it also strengthens bilateral relationship and establishes closer cooperation between OIC-CERT and APCERT. We are certainly delighted to be given the opportunity to collaborate and participate in such a prestige program organised by APCERT."

20 CSIRT teams from 16 economies (Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, People's Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) of the APCERT, three CSIRT teams of the OIC-CERT (Egypt, Pakistan, and Nigeria - Malaysia, Brunei Darulssalam and Indonesia are also the members of OIC-CERT) and a CSIRT from Germany from the EGC participated in the drill.