The Gov’t Is Really Serious About Tackling Cybersecurity Issues

They set up a new task force, appointed 30 PEDi chairmen, and are looking at other technologies to tackle these prevalent issues.
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Scams and hacks seem to be quite common nowadays whenever you read the news. Recently, the government said they would be introducing an anti-hacking app, but will it actually work? Will it ever arrive? Nobody knows. The government said they will now be introducing even more measures to handle the cybersecurity issues.

In a news report by The Star, the Communications and Multimedia Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, said in order to address the nation’s cyber security challenges, the government will pursue offensive, defensive, and advocacy efforts.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (K-KOMM) has also established a task force to look at new certification aspects, especially those related to the law, in addition to the establishment of the National Cyber Security Committee, which is presided over by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

K-KOMM will also review fine rates to commensurate with the offences as well as provide a centre where scam victims can quickly refer to.

Communications and Multimedia Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa

Another action the government took was the appointment of 30 individuals as PEDi chairmen. These individuals were entrusted with developing a number of programmes to assist local communities, particularly those linked to national cyber security education and digital-based economic growth.

K-KOMM is also investigating international technological solutions for preventing cybercrime, according to Annuar.

He also added, the Finance Ministry and the national level committee have reached the consensus that the government should prioritise this issue and include financial needs since they would need to deploy the right technology to address it.

Annuar is also communicating with his counterparts in the neighbouring nations, particularly those in Asean, regarding cross-border data sharing.

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