Strengthen cyber resilience to meet 4IR challenges

CYBERJAYA: Cyber security is an important matter that needs to be reinforced in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), said Higher Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur.

In addition to potentially empower, transform and realign individuals and communities as it created new opportunities for economic, social and personal development, 4IR had its own challenges too in terms of cyber security, she said.

"Underpinned by rapid advances in technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of things, nanotechnology and biotechnology, there is no doubt that the 4IR has the potential to empower the whole sector and will impact all disciplines, economics and industries.

"As with any transformation, however, as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution we have to be very much alive to the fact that this transformation is not without its challenges," she said in her opening speech at the 2nd Malaysian Internet Governance Forum (MYIGF), here, today. Her speech was read out by Higher Education Ministry deputy secretary general (management) Datuk Kamel Mohamad.

Organised by University Utara Malaysia, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and CyberSecurity Malaysia, the MYIGF forum aims to explore public policy issues related to Internet governance focusing on the digital economy.

She said technical failures and malicious attacks occurred at alarming and ever increasing intervals while inadequate response to these incidents would result in consumers losing confidence, businesses losing money and even national security being put at stake.

She also reminded that criminals were stepping up their game while data breaches were becoming increasingly common and devastating, which means the authorities must move faster to strengthen the cyber resilience.

"Cyber security is a collective responsibility, so we need to act together because by keeping our own systems safe, we help others as well as ourselves", she said. — Bernama