Fahmi: We Will Establish A Guideline To Ensure Apps And Devices Are Safe For Gov’t Use

The Comms and Digital Minister is concerned that the use of social media platforms is assisting in the unintentional disclosure of sensitive information.
(credit Malay Mail)

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Online security is crucial for government staff because they handle confidential and sensitive information that, if compromised, could have serious consequences for national security and individual privacy.

Furthermore, cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and constantly seeking new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems and mobile applications. Therefore, it’s essential to be vigilant and proactive in protecting sensitive data from cyber threats, and to implement strong security measures to safeguard against potential breaches.

Bernama reports that the Minister of Communications and Digital (KKD), Fahmi Fadzil, has stated that they will investigate a method of supervision or guidelines to ensure the safety of applications and devices used by public servants, particularly administration members, to protect government confidentiality.

CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) has been tasked with investigating several crucial aspects of safety issues relating to the use of social media applications in government offices and agencies.

Fahmi expressed his concern that the use of social media applications in the workplace, such as TikTok, Facebook, and others, indirectly exposes confidential and sensitive information discussed in meetings.

He requested CSM to examine the safety aspects of all social media applications to avoid any violation of the Official Secrets Act. In addition, the Minister advised KKD staff to change their passwords frequently to prevent data theft.

Discussions will be held at the KKD level after CSM conducts assessments, and the discussions will be expanded to other ministries and agencies to provide a supervisory framework for applications and devices used by public servants.

The Minister also called for increased efforts from other government agencies to raise public awareness of the dangers of scammers and to summon social media platforms still being misused by scammers to commit crimes.

He also suggested that KKD personnel regularly update their computer passwords to guard against data theft.

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