Cyber security, a preventive technique to protect the integrity of networks, programmes and data against criminals or unauthorised use of electronic data, is a crucial component in technology development and must be embedded in the initial stage of such development.

Cyber Security Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab said cyber security must be given priority in the initial development stage and not to be left out as an afterthought in the era where digitalisation was growing at an exponential speed and disrupting almost every industry worldwide.

“Many technology developers are not cyber security experts and leave the aspect of cyber security after the technology has been developed. Such move will expose the technology to vulnerability and because of that, technology cannot go far and fast.”

“It is also important for the top level management or the board members of a company to make cyber security issue as an important concern instead of leaving it to the IT department,” he told a press conference after delivering his keynote address at the inaugural ?Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation Conference’ here today.

For that, he said training and re-training of employees in the aspect of cyber security was of great importance to ensure that they were aware of cyber security issues and understood how cyber attacks found its way into the company’s electronic data.-BERNAMA


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