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CyberSecurity Malaysia partners with Fortinet

AvantiKumar | May 20, 2011
Malaysian cyber security agency will leverage Fortinet's technical support to enhance skills development and knowledge exchange.

Fortinet-CyberSecurity Malaysia MOU

PHOTO - (From left) Encik Adli Abd Wahid, vice president, CyberSecurity Responsive Services, CyberSecurity Malaysia and Dato' Sri George Chang, Fortinet's regional director for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.


KUALA LUMPUR, 20 MAY 2011 - Malaysian cyber security agency CyberSecurity Malaysia has signed with unified threat management (UTM) provider Fortinet in order to help Malaysian organisations fight emerging threats, it said. The agency plans to enhance security skills as well as exchange knowledge as a result of the deal.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the country's ministry of sciences, technology & innovation [MOSTI] signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Fortinet to also offer real-time online threat intelligence services to both public and private organisations in Malaysia, said CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer, Lt. Col. Dato' Husin Jazri (Retired).

"Under this collaboration, CyberSecurity Malaysia - through the Malaysian Computer Emergency and Response Team (MyCERT) - and Fortinet's regional R&D and Technical Support Centre will work closely in dealing with emerging threats," said Husin. "This shall include exchange of malware samples and vulnerability updates, threat research information and security alerts. Fortinet's site in Kuala Lumpur is one of its main technical centres worldwide, providing round-the-clock threat monitoring and pan-Asia regional support."

"CyberSecurity Malaysia welcomes Fortinet's initiatives to help strengthen our technical capabilities to identify and respond to cyber attacks more quickly," he said.  "In addition, in order to address the acute shortage of cyber security specialists in the country, Fortinet and CyberSecurity Malaysia will jointly participate in IT security discussions and seminars to educate organisations on the industry's emerging needs."

"Changes in business and technology are accelerating the need for a security paradigm shift," said Fortinet regional director for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong, Dato' Sri George Chang. "Many local organisations are starting to realise that they have to guard against new technologies as much as they have to leverage them. The Fortinet-CyberSecurity Malaysia partnership will promote security best practices to a broad spectrum of Malaysian organisations and bring security awareness to a higher level, ultimately helping enhance the country's competitiveness."



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